From the Advertiser archives - January 9 edition

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January 10, 1914

A story of an impudent theft from Dunchurch Post office and a smart capture by the police was related to the court when Ernest Carpenter, labourer was charged with stealing three postal orders to the value of 15s. Police went in pursuit of the prisoner down the Coventry Road, each riding in a motor car. At Stretton on Dunsmore they stopped him riding a bicycle. The prisoner said: “You wouldn’t have caught me if you hadn’t had motor-cars.” With convictions for like offences he was jailed for three months.

January 10, 1964

Rugby Chamber of Commerce last night decided to write to the West Midlands Gas Board complaining at the inadequacy of all forms of service in Rugby, and asking what improvement could be looked for in future. Mr JC Sawyer described as ‘a wonderful monument to bureaucracy’ the fact that since the gas works in Rugby closed in August last year, all services had to be supplied through the Coventry officer 12 miles away. Mr H Cock commented: “You cannot even ring your own showroom in Rugby.”

January 5, 1989

Toys poured in this week to help two toddlers whose Overslade home was destroyed by fire. Brothers Carl and Mark Thomas aged five and three, were led from their blazing house in Wentworth Road by brave dad Paul. 
The fierce fire destroyed all the boys’ toys and the family’s possessions. 
But neighbours and friends - including the Advertiser and Zodiac Toys - rallied round to cheer the youngsters. The boys were presented with a vast array of toys and sweets.