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Derby Mercury, September 5, 1860 (Document)

J. Hill and T. Wyat were charged with being drunk and to disorderly on the 17th ult,, at Shirley. Policeman Waters, of Longford, said he was on duty in Shirley at half-past seven o'clock when he heard a great noise proceeding from the Butchers' Arms beer-house, lately opened, And proceeded in the direction. The prisoners were drunk and became very abusive to him, and one struck him on the mouth. Mr BRITTLEBANK, for the defendants, urged that they were both perfectly sober, and that it was from simple officiousness that the policeman meddled with them.— Mrs. Mary Tomlinson, however, corroborated the statement of Walters.— Mrs. S. Atkins, landlady of the Butchers' Arms, was called to prove that her customers were sober. She, however, acknowledged that they were "slightly elevated."—The BENCH inflicted a fine of 5s. and costs.

"DISTRICT POLICE REPORTS." Derby Mercury 5 Sept. 1860. 19th Century British Newspapers. Web. 3 May 2016. URL Gale Document Number: GALE|BA3200025852

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