From the Archives June 30

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100 years ago

June 29 1911

BREAKING and entering: Arthur Matthews, labourer, an old offender, was brought into custody charged with breaking and entering into the house of Emma Hackney, Leire.

Supt Holland said that he saw the prisoner at the Police Station on May 6, and Matthews said to him, “I am here again. How are you, Super?”

“What is the trouble this time?” Supt Holland replied.

“I don’t know,” was the response.

Sput Holland then said: “You have been brought here charged with breaking and entering the house of Emma Hackney during the last night and stealing the money.”

Matthews replied: “You might as well have fetched the parson as me!”

After a short conversation the prisoner then admitted: “It’s no use giving you a load of trouble. I know I’m a fool when I’m in the drink. I don’t know what I do.”

Matthews was further remanded by the chairman until Tuesday next.

50 years ago

June 29 1961

DRINK driving: Sir, I was serving locally in the police service during 1958 and I attended at least ten accidents in this area alone, where I was satisfied that drink was at least partly the cause. The point is, that when supplying statistical figures to the Government, the police only give drink as the cause of the accident when a driver is charged as a result.

In my experience, I would say that at least fifty per cent of accidents occurring between 9pm and 1am are caused by drink. This fact is known by police, doctors, ambulance personnel, hospital casualty staffs and regrettably by HM coroners, and also judging by publicity results, the Government. The answer to the problem is not in the hands of the Government, it is in the hands of drivers.

In my humble opinion there is nothing wrong with the Ministry driving test, If all drivers always drive as they did when they passed the test accident figures would be cut to minute proportions. I trust you can find space to give this as much publicity as the article to which I refer.

RA Churchill, Shakespeare Gardens, Rugby.

25 years ago

June 26 1986

TWO million listeners tuned into Rugby to hear some of Britain’s leading politicians debate the issues of the day.

A capacity audience at Temple Speech Room, Barby Road, turned up for Radio Four’s popular Any Questions show. Guests included Germaine Greer, Clive Jenkins, Norman St John-Stevas and Shirley Williams.

The topic of the day was South Africa, which throughout most of the 1980s was in a constant state of emergency as mainly black citizens fought oppressive brutal racial segregation measures enforced by the Government.

Shirley Williams, president of Social Democratic Party, said that South Africa’s debt should not be rescheduled, and that if there was not a movement towards democracy, sanctions would be adopted. She predicted civil war or revolution within three months. However, the country’s first democratic election with universal suffrage was held in 1994, an event that for many is synonymous with the end of apartheid.