Woman Fined After Denaby Incident

February 1967

 South Yorkshire Times, February  4, 1967

Woman Fined After Denaby Incident.

When Mary Mee, housewife, of Blyth Street, Denaby, saw that one of her friends was being held by police officers outside the Denaby Main Hotel, she tried to intervene, and on Friday she appeared before Doncaster West Riding magistrates charged with using insulting behaviour and obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

P.c Edge said he was on duty outside the hotel helping to break up a large crowd which had assembled and trying to separate two men who were fighting, when the defendant got hold of his arm and try to stopping, shouting and telling him to get off the man he was holding. PC Edge said he told her to go home, but she persisted. She was allowed to go home but was later seen at her home, when she said that she was only trying to sort the men out, and it had nothing to do with the police officer.


PC Butterfield said he was also assisting outside the hotel after there had been a serious assault inside. They were trying to restrain two men, and the defendant was prominent among the crowds shouting loudly, “Get off him, he’s nowt to do with it,” and trying to pull PC Edge away.

Mrs. Mee told the court that she had been in the Main Hotel with John Knowles, Nina Large and John Mills. While sitting at a table and incident had taken place in another part of the hotel. A youth involved in the incident was a nephew of John Mills, and he wanted to see what had happened.

They went outside and she saw that PC Edge had hold of John Knowles. He knew that he had nothing to do with the incident and tried to stop him

Only Way

the only way she could attract the police officer and the tension was to pull his arm, and she had to shout to make herself heard above the crowd. “He might have thought I was, but at the time I didn’t think I was hampering him. I just wanted ‘Jackie’home,” she said.

The magistrates found Mrs. Mee not guilty of using insulting behaviour, and the case was dismissed, but she was found guilty of obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty. From a previous conviction Mee had been bound over in the sum of £10 which she had to pay. She was also fined £10 and bound over in the sum of £25 for two years.