Looking back 100, 50 and 25 years.
100 year ago
March 28, 1911
ONLY ten pints: Michael Manning who has been before the court on a similar charge many times previously, was brought forward to answer a charge of drunkenness at Rugby on the previous night.
PC Downing proved the case. Manning slurred: “I was not dthrunk (sic). I had only had ten pints, and that would not make me dthrunk.”
Mr Hunter asked how much would make him drunk, and Manning replied: “I don’t know but I could have dthrunk till six o’clock this morning and then I would not have fallen down.”
Manning was fined 7s 6d, including costs, and in default committed for seven days.
Benefit of the doubt: Wm Robinson, no fixed abode, was charged with begging at Rugby but was let off after a witness was sent word to the court she was unable to attend proceedings.
TB Eden Esq gave defendant benefit of the doubt and dismissed the case.
50 years ago
March 30, 1966
AN unemployed labourer, who was said to have served a number of prison sentences for armed robbery, burglary and breaking in offences was fined £2 by Rugby magistrates on Friday last for being drunk and disorderly in Railway Terrace.
Insp. Southern said that he saw the man, aged 31, of Overslade Hostel, swaying from side to side on the footpath. When he approached him he saw that his head was bleeding from a wound. When he asked him how he received the cut, the offender replied: “Never mind, that is my business. I have done it and that is that. You (expletive deleted) coppers are all the same.”
He was taken, struggling, to the police station and after being charged, replied: “It is my business and that is good enough for you.”
Chief Insp. Woodward said that the offender was a native of Hereford and had been to prison several times for larceny, burglary, armed robbery and breaking-in offences.
25 years ago
March 27, 1986
THE Government refused to back controversial plans to give Rugby a network of CCTV cameras.
Warwickshire Police chief constable Peter Joslin also criticised the plans and said CCTV could produce practical problems. Rugby’s scheme would have been the first of its type in the country but the Minister of State Giles Shaw said it ‘would not have been appropriate’ for the town.
The chief constable also said he was worried that cameras could end up being stolen.
He added: “I would rather have a police officer on the street rather than sat indoors watching a monitor.”
Despite crime concerns in the town centre Mr Joslin added that Rugby was held in high esteem by the Inspector of Constabularies.
He added: “There is a strong community relations movement, a crime prevention panel, an active police consultative committee and a victim support scheme.