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May 22, 1915
Two schoolgirls from Monks Kirby were summoned by farmer Stephen Hodgetts for stealing six hen’s eggs, value 8d. Defendants didn’t appear to answer last week and case was adjourned. Asked why the children did not attend, their mother said the girls could not come by themselves and she had had to leave her young baby that day. The magistrates clerk said: “You didn’t let your husband know anything about the summonses did you?” She repled: “No sir, I didn’t.”
May 21, 1965
A national shortage of postage stamps has led to supplies of 2 1/2, 1 1/2d, 1d and 1/2d stamps running out at the Rugby General Post Office. Demand rose on Monday when the inland rate was raised from 3d to 4d, and smaller value stamps were required to make up the postage. Mr AA Arnell postmaster has appealed for people to buy stamps for immediate use only. Supplies of 4d stamps were running low, but there was no immediate prospect of rationing being enforced.
May 17, 1990
A Rugby house is about to go up for sale - after lying empty for 28 years. And a housing pressure group intends to use the property in its campaign to change the law. The Empty Property Unit has criticised the state of the house in Richmond Road and branded it a ‘considerable nuisance’ to local residents. It is backing a Parliamentary Bill to give local councils power to force owners to make use of their properties.