From our archives

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Looking Back 25, 50 and 100 years.

May 25 1911

REFUSING to work: Thomas Evans, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to having refused to perform his task at the Workhouse on Friday morning.

He was sent to prison for seven days with hard labour. Mr Dickens, the workhouse master, proved the case.

HAWKING without a license: Henry Davis, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to hawking without a license at New Bilton on Saturday. PC Tarver said the defendant was hawking bootlaces in Pinfold Street and admitted he knew a license was needed, although he had not got one. The defendant said he got thrown out of work and thought he was not doing much harm in selling laces to get food. In default of paying 5s he was committed to prison for seven days with hard labour.

A VIOLENT drunkard: John Bradburn, of no fixed abode, pleased guilty to being drunk in Rugby the previous day. At 5.45pm witnesses saw him drunk, stopping ladies and making offensive remarks to them.

May 28 1961

A GANG of professional thieves broke into Rugby Co-operative Society main premises in Chapel Street, Rugby, at the weekend and stole £766.

The money was largely composed of change left in the tills of fifteen departmental shops after the main banking had been done for the day, on Saturday ready as a float to be used by departments on Monday.

It is thought the thieves entered the premises from the Queen Street direction, gaining access via the back staircase. They forced open several doors,including one iron mesh door at the head of the stairs and one very strong wooden door on the second floor office where the safe stood. The 3ft high safe was blown apart by gelignite. Some mattresses, pillows and other bedding had been moved from the adjoining furnishing department to place around the safe to deaden the noise of the explosion. The society was insured, Mr Prime, assistant secretary of the Rugby Co-operative Society, told our reporter.

May 29 1986

MORE and more single, middle aged people in Rugby are becoming semi-recluse.

Brian Lower, chief environmental health officer, told Rugby Borough Council that, ‘more and more people are living in filthy conditions in their homes’. He was elaborating on a case in which the council had to obtain a warrant in order to gain entry to a house in February in order to clean it up.

Mr Lower said that several houses were either reported to the council or noticed when inspectors toured the area.

He said: “They sometimes wonder how a house has become so dilapidated and dirty when it is empty, but then discover someone is living there in filthy conditions.

“We have known people who go out and for no apparent reason collect carrier bags full of what I can only describe as rubbish. They then return to their house and hoard it,” he added.