Damage to Grass at Conisborough

May 1911

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 20 May 1911

Damage to Grass at Conisborough

George Cooper (14), Catherine Dolly (14) Minnie Thurlstone (15), Mary Jane Wellings (15) and Alice Duran, glasshands of New Conisborough, Edith Webb, Frances Mulvaney, and Isabella Baxendale, married women of New Conisborough, and Frank Collins, labourer, Denaby were summoned by Mr Barnett W Clarkson of Conisborough for wilful damage to grass at Conisborough on May 7.

PC Grimshaw said at 4:30 PM on the previous Sunday he was on duty in plain clothes in company with PC Barnes. He saw the defendants on the field belonging to Mr Clarkson, and asked them if they had got permission, and they replied that they had not.

Mr Clarkson said the damage done was one shilling each. It had only recently paid the fencing, and there was now about 100 yards of it broken down. He could not keep people out, and if spoken to sometimes they used abusive language.

Each of the defendants were fined 6/– and the costs 6/– and 1/– damage.