Monday. - Before Messrs. R. JEFFERSON (in the chair),  W. H. WATSON, E. L.
NANSON, J. G. OLDFIELD, J. MCGOWAN and W.  BIRKETT.


YOUNG MINER’S ASSAULT  ON
POLICE
“LIKE A ROARING LION.”


Thomas RUMNEY, coalminer, 25, Ginns, Whitehaven, was  charged with having
been drunk and disorderly and assaulted P. C. KENNETT in  West Strand, at
10-20
p.m. on Saturday.


Supt. MELVILLE said that there was a crowd on West  Strand at the time of
the
disturbance, and when the constable arrested RUMNEY he  became like a
roaring
lion. He (the superintendent) was there in plain clothes  and went to the
constable’s assistance. He saw the defendant strike the  constable several
times
in the face and also kick him. It took several persons  to bring the
defendant
to the police station, and he behaved in a most  disgraceful way. Some
persons interfered with the police, who were struck, and  he, (the
superintendent)
proposed in future, if persons interfered in that way  when a constable was
arresting a man, to take action against them for  obstructing the policeman
while
in the execution of his  duty.


Defendant said he pleaded  guilty.


P. C. KENNETT gave evidence bearing out the statement  of the
Superintendent.
Defendant, he said, had to be lifted bodily to keep him  under control. He
struck witness again when he was in the police  station.


Supt. MELVILLE: How many persons did it take to bring  him to the police
station.


Witness: Three policemen and about four  civilians.


Defendant, in reply to the Bench, said he remembered  nothing about it.


Supt. MELVILLE said he would like to thank the  civilians who assisted in
taking the defendant to the Police  Station.


In reply to the chairman, defendant said he was  married.


Supt. MELVILLE said he had heard that the man’s wife  was not in good health
and was under the doctor. Under these circumstances he  did not ask that the
defendant should be sent to prison, although it was one  those cases in
which
he should have been. A man who got into that state ought to  limit his
consumption of intoxication liquor.


The Chairman (to the defendant): Tour conduct has been  absolutely
disgraceful, and had it not been for the kind plea the Superintendent  put
in for you we
should have sent you to prison for assaulting the police. For  being drunk
and disorderly you will have to pay a fine of 10s or go to prison  for seven
days, and for assaulting the police you are fined 40s or a month. “I  would
like
to thank the civilians who were good enough to help the police on  this
occasion,” added Mr. JEFFERSON.


Defendant asked for time to pay, and was allowed  fourteen days.


Supt. MELVILLE said he was informed that defendant’s  father was a staunch
teetotaller.

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Monday. - Before Messrs. R. JEFFERSON (in the  chair), W. H. WATSON, E. L.
NANSON, J. G. OLDFIELD, J. MCGOWAN and W.  BIRKETT.
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AFTER TWELVE  MONTHS
TRAVELLING.


William Henry HAMMOND, showman, Assembly Street,  Dumfries, was charged with
using a motor car for which a license was not in  force, in King Street,
Whitehaven, on the 17th November,  1927.


Evidence was given by P. C. MONAGHAN,  who said  he saw defendant with a
motor lorry proceeding in the direction of the Market  Place on the morning
of
November 17th, last year. Witness afterwards spoke to  defendant on the West
Strand and asked him why he had not obtained a new  license. He replied, “To
tell
you the truth, I have not got the money.” When  told he would be reported
defendant said he would take out a new license that  day and borrow the
money. The
police had not been able to serve the summons on  defendant as he had been
away from the district.


Defendant said he had been very ill and in hospital.  For two years he had
been suffering from a perforated stomach. Defendant added  that he had taken
out
the license.


In reply to the Chairman, defendant said he had small  stalls at the fairs
and conditions had been bad. He had four  children.


The Chairman said that it was only on account of his  health that the Bench
were going to be lenient with the defendant. There would  be no conviction,
but
he would have to pay the costs, 5s.
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