Looking back 101, 50 and 25 years.
November 20 1910
WANTED to be locked up: John Thompson, on tramp, was charged with doing damage at the workhouse to the extent of 10s on Sunday and pleaded guilty. The workhouse master, Mr W Dickens, said the prisoner was admitted on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning broke a window in his cell and damaged the electric bell. The defendant said he did it because he wanted to be locked up. He wanted to be out of the cell. The Chairman asked him: You broke the window in order to get locked up, didn’t you?” The defendant replied, “yes, sir.”
He was committed to prison for 14 days with hard labour.
Hawking without a license: Ephraim Williams, of no fixed abode, was charged with hawking without a license at Rugby on Saturday and pleaded guilty. PC Thrussell said he saw defendant hawking postcards in George Street. Supt Clarke said there were many previous convictions against defendant, who simply used this as a cloak for begging. In default of paying 6s 6d, defendant was sent to prison for 14 days with hard labour.
November 22 1961
A TOWN hall brawl led to two men and the girl they were fighting over giving evidence in court for an assault case.
The case took place before Mt T Hunter and other magistrates at Rugby Petty Sessions earlier this week. John smith was fined £10 fir causing grievous bodily harm to the victim two months ago. The accused had pleaded not guilty.
Chief insp. Woodward said the victim was friendly with a young girl who was a factory worker from Pinfold Street. At one time the accused had been friendly with the girl. On the night of the incident the victim and the girl went to a dance at the Benn Hall to a dance where he was to be confronted by Smith, who asked the girl for a dance. When she obliged. Smith stroked the victim’s face and said, “Don’t be miserable it’s only a dance.”
The victim asked Smith to leave, but instead Smith told him: “Come outside.”
When they were outside Smith dealt the victim a number of blows and kicked him, fracturing his jaw and hospitalising him for 16 days.
November 27 1986
EDITOR’S comment: More parking restrictions introduced this week on the eastern side of the town centre have re-fuelled the argument that business is being lost to towns such as Leamington, Daventry and Lutterworth. Rugby Borough Council has banned parking completely in the Gas Street market site and offenders face a maximum fine of £100. Already traders in the area are protesting about a sharp falloff and pointing out that in Daventry, 12 miles away, and Lutterworth, six miles away, is free, and is becoming a greater attraction to shoppers.
During the past few months traders say the no parking grip is being tightened with more yellow lines appearing. There has also been an increase in the number of traffic wardens. Rugby and district Chamber of Commerce has for years been campaigning fir an increase in off-street parking in Rugby but nothing substantial has so far been provided. Nothing drives shoppers into the arms of shopkeepers in other towns faster than not being able to park conveniently and cheaply. Our councillors would do well to remember that.