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By Geoffrey Howse

Geoffrey Howse explores the darker and sinister part of South Yorkshire's previous during this different number of crimes and foul deeds, taken from Victorian to trendy times.Read a few taking pictures and 'mob rule' in Doncaster, sensational homicide in Darfield, Mexborough, and Attercliffe; alternate outrages in Sheffield and Rotherham, road theft at Wentworth, embezzlement in Barnsley and arson at Thorne.Unusual circumstances contain a Doncaster elopement and theft, burglaries by means of women in Rotherham, the stunning killing of a police constable at Swinton and 'coal' riots and lawlessness in Wath-upon-Dearne and Hoyland. A dramatic occasion in Thurnscoe , a Wombwell stabbing affray and numerous lengthy forgotten tragedies and crimes also are explored in a few aspect.

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One might assume from this and also the desire to keep warm by setting fire to Mr Thompson’s haystack, that Samuel Hall, was particularly averse to cold weather conditions. In October 1868, he had spent a month in prison for destroying clothes when he was in a workhouse. Henderson had spent one month in prison earlier that year for disorderly conduct in a workhouse and also another month for destroying clothing in a workhouse. The judge went on to say that evidently both men would not work to get an honest livelihood, and when put into the workhouse would not live quietly at the expense of the public, and when they came out, through nothing but a feeling of envy and hatred against everybody in better circumstances than themselves, they wilfully set to work to destroy other people’s property.

Mr Aldam remarked if there were more women like her many of these savage assaults would not take place. In defence of the assailants the Bench heard that Hollingworth had brought it all on himself by his provocation. In the case of Bailey and Padley, an attempt at an alibi was made. The Bench said that if the defence had not attempted to show these mitigating circumstances, they would have sent five of the defendants to prison. William Padley and Henry Swallow were each fined £3. Edward Swallow, Joseph Flint and James Cooke were fined £2 each, and Henry Bailey was discharged.

At Barnsley yesterday the excitement arising out of the election for the South-West Riding found vent in a rather serious tumult. During the hours of polling the town was tolerably quiet, with the exception of a few youths who amused themselves by pushing each other about. Towards 5 o’clock their rough play increased to throwing of stones, hampers, oranges and earthenware of all descriptions at the police . . At the Conservative headquarters in the King’s Head Hotel, stones were thrown through the windows.

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