From the Advertiser’s archives 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
July 18 1911
A QUIET lie down – Henry Roley, of no fixed abode, was charged with being drunk on July 15 and pleaded guilty.
PC Anderton stated that about midnight on Saturday he found defendant lying helplessly drunk on Clifton Road, and locked him up. Defendant said he had some drink, and went to have a quiet lie down in order to get over it. Fined 2s 6d.
A VIOLENT beggar: Edgar Johnson, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to begging at Clifton on Sunday. PC Anderton said he saw two men begging and approached them. The other desisted but defendant went to another house and when witness told him he should lock him up defendant said it would take a week to get him to the police station. He fought like a madman and it took witnesses 20 minutes to get the handcuffs on him. Committed to prison for 14 days with hard labour.
July 17 1986
A MAN diced with death when he rode around Rugby on a motorbike carrying a live World War Two bomb.
Socked bomb disposal experts were called into deal with the 6-pound anti tank shell, explained Mark Topliss, who admitted he was lucky to be alive. His fascination with war time memorabilia was aroused when he spotted the deadly shell in the garden shed of his girl friend’s house in Birdingbury. He packed it in a kit bag, put it on the back of his bike and rode back to his home at Hillmorton Locks. After his fathered spotted it three hours later he ordered him to call the police. The shall was later detonated by experts in a controlled explosion in the middle of a field.
Mr Topliss said: “I have been collecting army pieces for about a year so I brought back the shall to Rugby to add to my collection. I made sure I wrapped it up in cloth so it wouldn’t bang around. But I thought it was dead.”
Police placed the unstable shell in Mr Topliss Garden and awaited for the Royal Ordinance Corps crew to arrive.
July 20 1966
A ‘WICKED and heartless’ 54-year-old spinster committed 29 offences after leaving prison in March.
The offences involved ruthless exploitation of human gullibility, he said. Davis was sent to prison for eight years after Mr Curtis told the sessions that she had spent 28 of her 54 years in prison. At the time she was arrested she had just committed her 299th offence.
She asked for 27 offences involving ‘deliberate fraud all over the country’ to be taken into consideration. These included fraudulently obtaining £2 from Mary Alice Holloway and obtaining £1 from Margaret Carter, both of Rugby.
Mr R Forrest, defending, said that she had served 16 years in prison since 1948 ‘a record which might very well be unique’. She had become institutionalised and felt she did not did not fit well into life outside prison. She was now a sick woman, suffering from chronic bronchitis. Sentencing Davis, the recorder Mr Stephen Brown described her offences as ‘wicked and heartless’.