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From the Advertiser archives.

June 8 1911

WILLIAM Sailsbury, 82 Campbell Street, Rugby, was summoned for using indecent language at his home on April 24. Defendant pleaded guilty “to a certain extent”.

PC Tarver said he heard shouts and screams proceeding from the defendant’s home at 1am. Going down the entry, he saw the defendant through the blinds and heard him using offensive language towards his wife. The police officer heard nothing but screams when he was on the high road, but said that it is possible swearing could be heard in the street. The case was dismissed owing to a technical point, and the defendant was warned about his future conduct.

CHIMNEY fire: John Begrie , jeweller, 26 Church Street, was summoned for allowing his chimney to be on fire on April 21. Defendant admitted the offence. PC Farrell said the fire was going for fifteen minutes shortly after midday. The defendant said he thought the chimney was last swept in November. Defendant said a newspaper was used to draw the fire up, and that ignited some soot. Fined 5s.

June 3 1966

TWO brothers, aged ten and 13, denied stealing and firing a pistol from persons unknown.

The magistrates found the police allegations proved and ordered the boys to pay £1 each. Chief inspector Woodward said a pistol came into possession of PC Hood. It was handed to him by the superintendent of the Rugby cattle market. The officer made enquiries and later saw the two accused boys at their home. Both denied knowledge of the pistol at first, but then after the elder boy admitted they had seen some older boys put it under a shed at Christmas. He said that he and his younger brother had gone back to the shed to see if it was still there. After they found it they took it to the cattle market and fired it before it was taken from them.

The father of the boys asked the magistrates to take a lenient view and submitted that it was a boy’s prank. They had the guns for almost half an hour when it was taken to them. It was reported that they intended to put it back where they found it.

June 5 1986

AN RSPCA chief in Rugby blamed out of work youngsters for an increase in inhumane bloodsports.

Mike Hartley, regional super intendant for the RSPCA, said that a high increase in dog fighting, badger baiting and cock fighting coincided with a rise in unemployment.

“We are absolutely horrified by the recent cases of dog fighting and badger baiting. We are going back to the dark ages. I think it’s unemployment. You have a lot of young people with time on their hands so they go out and try out these so-called sports.”

Addressing the local branch of the RSPCA at their annual meeting, Mr Hartley said people might as well return to the times of stocks and bear pits.

He said: “I cannot understand why we have dog fighting cases in this day and age. It is barbaric. In Rugby there have been an increase of animal cruelty cases of 12 per cent. That’s £1,450 more cases than there was last year.”