1 August 1903
BREAKING AT NEWTON HEATH
Teething Powders and Salmon as Booty
At the Manchester City Police Court on Monday, John ELLIS
and Thomas LOWE were in the dock charged with breaking
into a warehouse in a street off Oldham-road, Newton Heath,
and stealing several articles the property of Joseph STANDRING,
The offence took place soon
after eleven o’clock on Saturday night, and at that
time Constable COBLIN, with another officer, was on duty
in Poland-street, when they saw the prisoner LOWE standing
in the door of the prosecutor’s premises, as if
he were doing something with the door. LOWE went in the
roadway, and they examined the door, and found the padlock
had been broken off it.
The door was opened, and whilst
the other officer was taking LOWE into custody, COBLIN
went inside. He found ELLIS standing just inside the doorway
behind some cases of salmon. He took him into custody,
but before he removed away he saw ELLIS had a bag in his
hand. He took him to the police station, and the two prisoners
were searched. ELLIS had in his possession a jimmy, 5½d
in money, three dozen teething powders — (laughter)
— and a number of postage stamps. He was charged
with stealing these, along with the bag containing 28
small tins of salmon, and he said, “I have nothing
to say to you.”
James STRANDRING, drysalter,
said he had a warehouse at 26 Poland-street. He locked
it up on Saturday afternoon 2.30. The corner door was
fastened with the padlock (produced). On Saturday night
a police officer came to him and told him what had happened.
He went there and found the padlock had been broken, and
the front door was opened.
He went inside and found a
drawer broken open in the office. The articles (produced),
including the teething powders, were missing. He kept
salmon like that and he noticed that many tins were missing.
He had not seen the bag before. He did not know the prisoners,
and they had no right in his place. The door was about
nine yards in George Lees-street, and the gateway was
in Poland-street. When coming from Jersey-street the door
in George Lees-street could easily be seen.
Constable COBLIN, answering
the Bench, said that the door had been closed after ELLIS
had gone inside, and the padlock put back in its place.
The Chairman: That must have been done by someone outside?
The magistrates asked the prisoners
what they had to say, and ELLIS said “I plead guilty,
the other man knows nothing about it.” LOWE pleaded
he knew nothing about it. Prisoners were committed to
take their trial at the next Quarter Sessions.
CYCLIST INJURED AT ASHTON
About three o’clock on Sunday afternoon the attention
of Constable GODDARD was called to Henry FISHER, tool
grinder, of 6 Rock-street, Openshaw, who had been injured
by a bicycle accident. He was riding a bicycle along Stamford-street,
Cockbrook, and when near Hall-street collided with another
bicycle ridden by an Openshaw young woman. FISHER was
thrown violently on his head, inflicting a nasty wound
on the temple. The wound was dressed, and he was able
to proceed on his journey.
INTO A SCHOOL AT DENTON
Heavy Sentence at Ashton
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, John
BARKER was in custody on a charge of being on enclosed
premises for an unlawful purpose with intent to commit
a felony at Denton on Sunday evening.
William WILD, secretary of
the Hope Congregational Church, Stockport-road, said the
school was locked up at eight o’clock on Sunday
evening. There was a number of mission boxes in the room
containing weekly contributions of the children, and which
were opened every half-year.
Sergeant McDIARMID deposed
to visiting the school and finding the prisoner in the
infant classroom attempting to open a cupboard. He was
in his stocking feet, and his clogs were in another room.
— Prisoner: I had been in the Labourers’ Club,
and was drunk, and did not know what I was doing..
The Chairman: It is time the
club was closed. Were you drunk when you stole a clock
and an overcoat? — I was sober then. — The
Chairman: We do not believe a word you say. The magistrates
committed the prisoner to three months’ hard labour.
ATTEMPTED MURDER AT ASHTON
Prisoner Before the Magistrates — Tragic Bedroom
Ever since the tragic occurrence in Orange-street, Ashton,
on July 7th, in which an attempted murder was alleged
to been committed by an ex-army man named John BRASSINGTON
upon a married woman named Mary PARKINSON, the police
have been engaged in an endeavour to effect the capture
of the man, BRASSINGTON, who made good his escape immediately
after the occurrence.
He was traced from place to
place, and finally to Burnley, where he was paid a surprise
visit by his “trackers” on Wednesday night
and arrested, and was received into custody by Detective-sergeant
HEIGHWAY, on behalf of the Ashton Police the same night.
He was brought up at the Ashton Borough Police Court on
Thursday forenoon before Councillor A PARK (in the chair),
Councillor W NEWTON, and Mr J McDERMOTT, and charged with
Dr PEARCE said that at seven
o’clock on Tuesday morning July 7th, he was called
to a house, No. 9 Orange-street, where he saw Mary PARKINSON.
She was bleeding from several wounds, one being a clean
gash extending from the top of the left ear to the cheek.
There was a smaller wound, about an inch in length, in
front of the windpipe, just above the breast bone.
There were several cuts on
the fingers of both hands as if she had been grasping
a knife. There was a wound six inches long and an inch
and a half deep in the buttock. She had lost a lot of
blood, and was bleeding freely when he arrived. There
was no immediate danger, but had there not been first
aid at once the probability was she would have bled to
death. She had been under his care since, and was now
out of danger. Prisoner had no questions to ask the doctor.
Mary PARKINSON, a well-dressed
woman, said she was the wife of Charles PARKINSON, who
was at present in South Africa, and she resided at No.
9 Orange-street as a lodger with a man named DOWD. She
had known the prisoner by sight for some years, but only
to speak to for some three or four months. She had been
in his company occasionally during the latter period,
and had had drinks with him. Several times he had made
overtures to her to go and live with him as his wife.
About three months ago she
went to live with him at his father’s house, and
stayed there a fortnight, and then left. Since then she
had met him, and he had repeatedly asked her to go and
live with him again, but she refused. He had threatened
her on one or two occasions whilst in drink, and said
if he couldn’t have her no other man in the world
On Monday, July 6th, she was
having a glass of port in the Britannia Inn, when the
prisoner came in and paid for drinks for the company,
and said to Mrs ANDREW, the landlady, “Ask that
young lady (meaning witness) what she will have.”
Witness replied, “I don’t want anything.”
She then drank her port and went out, and prisoner followed
her and said, “Why didn’t you have that drink
with me?” She replied. “I didn’t feel
very well.” He then said, “You’ll _______
well have one with me before the week’s out.”
She left him and went home.
About 7 o’clock the following
morning she was in bed lying on her right side. She never
heard anyone come upstairs, and first she felt herself
stabbed in the buttock which awoken her, and she saw the
prisoner standing over her with a razor in his hand. She
screamed and said, “Oh, my God. Jack, are you mad?
What are you doing with that razor?”
He said, “You _______,
you haven’t long to live,” and pulled her
out of bed by her hair. She struggled with him, and tried
to get away, and he pulled her back and knocked her down
in a corner. Whilst she was down he got astride her and
stabbed her on the left cheek with the razor, and afterwards
drew the razor across her throat, across the wind-pipe.
She was fortunately wearing two fours of beads and a cross
round her neck at the time which warded off the blow.
She tried to prevent him stabbing
her, and her hands were cut in consequence. In struggling,
the handle of the razor was broken off. About that time
she heard someone enter the house, and she screamed out,
and Mrs DOWD came upstairs, and she said, “What
are you doing up my stairs BRASSINGTON?” Witness
then got away, ran downstairs, and went into the next
There was a policeman some
little distance away, and she called him, and he brought
a doctor. Dr PEARCE dressed her wounds, and she was confined
to bed for about a fortnight. The wounds had been very
painful, and she was still very weak from loss of blood.
When prisoner heard Mrs DOWD coming upstairs he hid the
razor between the mattress and bed-tick, but he had apparently
removed it in the meantime, as it had not since been found.
The blanket produced was the one which was covering her
when he attacked her, and it was cut through by the prisoner.
Elizabeth DOWD, wife of Owen
DOWD, said her husband was ill and had to sleep in a bed
downstairs.. About 7 o’clock in the morning of July
7th she heard a knock on the front door, and on answering
it she saw the prisoner who said “good morning,”
and entered the house and sat down. He said, “What
time did Polly come in last night?” to which she
replied “about 10.20 pm.” He asked if all
the family were at work, and she said “yes.”
He then asked her to fetch sixpennyworth of brandy for
her husband. She went, and was away about ten minutes.
On her return she saw some
of the neighbours beckoning her to be quick. She went
into the house, and her husband, who was lying in bed,
told her to go upstairs. As she was going upstairs she
heard Mrs BRASSINGTON shouting. On getting upstairs she
saw Mrs PARKINSON standing in the middle of the room bleeding.
She said, “Oh, my God Mrs DOWD. I’m being
murdered, and no one to come near me.” She then
went downstairs, and witness asked prisoner what he was
doing up her stairs.
He then sat down on the bed-side
and said, “Shut up, you’re going to have me
pinched.” He went downstairs and asked where PARKINSON
had gone, and witness told him she had gone to the police
office. He said, “Fetch her back, and wash the blood
off her.” He then went away, and she had not seen
him again until that morning.
The Chief Constable said there
was another witness as to prisoner using threats the previous
Saturday, but the magistrates did not deem it necessary
to call him. Detective Sergeant HEIGHWAY deposed to receiving
the prisoner in custody about 8.20pm on July 29th in Burnley.
He read over the warrant to him, and he made no reply.
The razor handle had been recovered, but the blade had
not been found.
Prisoner reserved his defence,
and was committed to take his trial at the next Manchester
The sad circumstances in connection with the death of
a boy named James MATTHEWS, son of James MATTHEWS, confectioner,
278 Oldham-road, Waterloo, were reported to the County
Coroner on Friday evening. It appears that the boy had
been in the habit of going fishing in the lodge belonging
to the Stafford Vale Works, Limehurst-road, and on Friday
evening about 7.20 the deceased was seen going towards
the lodge by a companion named Norman CLEGG, residing
in Buckley-street, who shouted to him to go back.
CLEGG and another boy went
to the lodge to fish, and MATTHEWS was next seen walking
on the lodge bank near the water. On looking again, CLEGG
saw him floundering in the water. He shouted to him to
try and swim out, but he could not do so, and an alarm
was raised, and a man named George TAYLOR, residing in
Oldham-road, Bardsley, walked into the water, which was
only about four feet deep, and took the boy out. He appeared
to be quite dead, and artificial respiration was tired
without avail. Dr BOWMAN was sent for and on his arrival
shortly afterwards he pronounced his life extinct.
INTO THE ASHTON AND STALYBRIDGE LAWN TENNIS PAVILION
On Wednesday at the Stalybridge Police Court, before Alderman
FENTON (in the chair) and Mr R NEEDHAM, a discharged soldier
named Henry WHITE was in custody for having stolen a silk
sash from the Ashton and Stalybridge Lawn Tennis Club
Mr Gilbert BUCKLEY, solicitor,
of Manor House, Mossley, identified the sash produced
as his property. He last saw it safe in the lawn tennis
club pavilion on the 27th June, and missed it the following
Saturday. The sash had been taken from the dressing room.
Witness had had the same article stolen before, and jocularly
observed that “it must be the tempting colour of
the sash that caused it to be taken.”
Wm Henry SHAW, pawnbroker,
Oldham-road, said prisoner pawned two sashes including
the stolen one with him, saying they were his own property.
Witness advanced him 9d. Prisoner said he was pledging
the sashes for safety, which was not an unusual thing
for a person to do. — Captain BATES: Are you in
the habit of receiving silk sashes in pawn from such men
as this? — Witness: Yes, when they bring them for
Constable Alex. WELLS spoke
as to having received prisoner into his custody on Friday
at Stockport. He admitted having stolen the sashes, and
also a pair of tan boots, the latter of which he pawned
for 2s 6d with Mr SUTCLIFFE, pawnbroker, Stockport-road,
Ashton. In answer to the charge prisoner said “I
wanted some boots because I had none.”
Captain BATES said the owner
of the boots they had not found out. The man was wanted
by the Stockport police for stealing the coat he was now
wearing. He had been discharged from the army with ignominy,
and was brought over from South Africa as a prisoner for
assaulting a superior. He was palpably a ne’er-do-well.
WHITE now told the magistrates
that late one night he was passing the lawn tennis ground,
and wanting shelter he got over a wall. He thought the
pavilion was merely a hut, and he got in by means of breaking
a window. When inside he stole two sashes, a pair of boots,
and a belt. He did not then observe the colour of the
boots. He was very sorry.
The Chairman said nothing would
appear to be safe where prisoner was. They had no proof
that he had been previously convicted, otherwise he have
been sent to the sessions for trial. One month hard labour
would now be the sentence.
Captain BATES said he did not
know what the justices intended to do in regard to the
stolen goods, but in his opinion they should be given
back to the owners. The Clerk (to Mr SHAW): Have you any
application to make?
Mr SHAW came forward and said
he expected every possible care, and he pointed out that
the police did not report the thefts until several days
after the occurrence. Mr SHAW went on to say that prisoner
appeared to him as though he was a man who knocked about
gentleman’s houses, and it was not uncommon for
them to have things given to them.
The Chairman said the decision
of the Bench was that the goods should be impounded and
returned to the owners.
TO SHOOT AT STALYBRIDGE
Singular Charge Against a Boy
A strange-looking boy, aged 16 years, named Joseph A REDDY,
was brought up in custody at the Stalybridge Police Court
yesterday morning, and charged with threatening to shoot
a railway ticket collector named WOOD, at the Stalybridge
Joint Railway Station. Detective Inspector OVEN, of Manchester,
prosecuted, and briefly outlined the facts before calling
evidence. He said the company had no desire to be vindictive,
or to press the case against the lad on account of the
respectability of his father, and to whom prisoner had
been a source of great trouble.
Frederick GARSIDE, ticket collector,
said that at 12.25 on Thursday he was near the booking
office, where he saw prisoner. Witness told him that he
had been instructed to request him to leave, but he took
no notice. A few minutes afterwards prisoner went into
the booking office, and Collector WOOD tried to induce
him to go, but he again declined. Witness took hold of
REDDY’s arm, whereupon prisoner put his hand in
his right pocket and withdrew the pistol produced. Witness
placed his arms around prisoner, and WOOD took the pistol
from him and handed it over to witness. He then went down
the street, and prisoner volunteered to go to the police
They met Constable H S WELLS
in the street, and the officer examined the pistol. Prisoner
then withdrew a bullet from his pocket, and said “the
pistol was loaded with them.” REDDY was then locked
up. Prior to this prisoner said to witness, “You
were afraid of that bullet, but I will make you afraid
of the next one.” In the course of further discussion
between Mr OVEN and the Bench, it transpired that REDDY
was up to recently in the employ of the Great Central
Railway Company, and a short while ago he stabbed with
Inspector REDDY, prisoner’s
father (for whom the Bench and prosecuting solicitor intimated
their sorrow) came forward and said he was ready and willing
to furnish the court with all the particulars he could.
The lad some time ago had a violent illness in Herefordshire,
and had been under the treatment of several doctors. At
Blackpool, Dr KINGSBURY attended him, and did his utmost
on the lad’s behalf
Owing to his strange behaviour,
Mr REDDY inquired of Dr KINGSBURY if he thought the lad
was compos mentis, and he said he was merely peculiar.
Enquiries had been made as to there the pistol was purchased,
and he (Mr REDDY) had found that Mr GREENWOOD, of Ashton,
sold such pistols to boys. It was, he considered, a great
shame that this should be allowed. — Colonel SIDEBOTTOM:
How long has the pistol been in his possession? Mr REDDY:
Two or three weeks.
Have you any idea for what
purpose he bought it? None, sir, unless like other boys
he got it for amusement. Witness further informed the
Bench that prisoner had been in the Navy, and he (the
father) had been negotiating with a view to his going
to Canada. No one knows (added Mr REDDY) what troubles
he had brought upon me. — Inspector BAMFORTH here
observed that when in custody the lad said he had intended
changing the pistol for a six-chambered revolver, the
latter owned by a railway clerk.
Prisoner, who spoke very coherently,
now said that a booking clerk at the station loaded his
pistol, and when he threatened to shoot GARSIDE he had
no idea it was charged. Then when the clerk told him,
he was putting it back in his pocket when WOOD snatched
it off him. It was true that he had arranged to exchange
the pistol for a revolver. A clerk in the booking office
kept the revolver in his cash drawer.
The Chairman asked if the officials
knew anything of this, and Mr OVEN said that was the first
he had heard of it, but if the Bench cared he would ask
for an adjournment, and in the meantime he would thoroughly
investigate the whole affair. The Bench acquiesced, and
the prisoner was removed in custody until Monday.