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Deal and Walmer, Petty Sessions Newspaper Extracts

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30th June 1858.
WILLIAM IRVINE was charged with assault on MRS. BUDD of Middle Street, wife of a boatman. WILLIAM IRVINE was bound over to keep the peace.

7th July 1858.
THOMAS HENRY PAIN, a Cooper, was charged by JOHN DREW, Basket maker, with assault. PAIN claimed in defence that DREW had abused him by saying he (PAIN) had one leg in the grave and the other in the Union.

8th September 1858.
MR JOHN CHRISTIAN, Ironmonger appealed against the rating of his premises, number 34, Beach Street and number 204, Beach Street on the opposite side.

8th June 1859.
THOMAS BROOKSBY was charged with wilfully damaging the shop front of STEPHEN B.A.CAVELL. THOMAS BROOKSBY was convicted - a fine of £1 for damages with 8/6d costs, or 14 days in Sandwich Gaol.

31st May 1862.
JOHN GRANT, fisherman, appeared in answer to a summons charging him with assaulting a little boy, the son of Mr.THOMAS MAY, by throwing him into the sea. The matter was settled out of court.

1st October 1863.
J.BINGHAM and HENRY BAYLEY, boatmen, appeared on summons to answer for an affray caused by fighting in the public street on Tuesday 2nd Sept. The men apologised for their fault and said they had been drinking and were discharged on payment of costs.

29th July 1864.
HENRY GIBBS, a sweep, who has been taken before the Magistrates some half dozen times within a short period, on charges of being drunk and riotous, was now charged with a similar offence and creating a disturbance on the Esplanade. GIBBS in reply, admitted he was drunk, but did not know anything about being disorderly - he was only singing a song middling loud, and thought there was no harm in that. He was committed to Sandwich Gaol for 7 days.

6th August 1864.
JOHN GARNETT, landlord of the Lord Nelson beer-house, Short Street, was brought up on a warrant, charging him with unlawfully assaulting JIMIMA GISBY, whereby she sustained a broken arm on 23rd July. GARNETT was found guilty of the charge and sentenced to 1 months hard labour in Sandwich Gaol.

23rd September 1865.
RICHARD DAWES, a boatman, was brought up, as he usually is once or twice in a month, with being found in the streets drunk and incapable.
The Magistrate -'What, here again so soon? We thought you were not going to drink again, you promised so when last here'.DAWES -'I couldn't help it Sir, I tripped over the pavement and fell down asleep'.
Magistrate -'You must pay 2/- for the gaol fee'.
On quitting the Hall, the policeman reminded DAWES of some articles he had left in the gaol - to which DAWES replied, 'Oh, never mind it, let it remain until I come again'.

1st February 1866.
Charge of Smuggling Foreign Spirits.
EDWARD BROWN, a Deal boatman, surrendered to his bail to answer the charge of being concerned with another boatman named NICHOLLS, in smuggling 21 tubs, containing about 60 gallons of foreign spirits. The evidence in this case was substantially the same as on the trial of NICHOLLS in July last, who was found guilty and sentenced to 6 months in Sandwich Gaol. The defendant BROWN having absconded and recently returned to Deal, when he was taken into custody by the coastguard, who had seen the prisoner on Deal beach, at the North-End on 23rd January. Mr. EVEREST addressed the Court on behalf of BROWN,but failed to convince the Bench of his innocence. BROWN was sentenced to 6 months in Sandwich Gaol or to be fined £100.

19th February 1866.
Poor THOMAS BROWN, 47, who has been before this Bench on numerous occasions charged with being drunk and riotous in the streets, was brought up from the lock-up again this morning on a similar charge. BROWN, in reply, said he had not been drunk since Christmas till now, when he had unfortunately taken a pint or two of beer, for which he was sorry. He asked PARKER (the Inspector) to let him lay down in the police station till he got sober, but he did not bargain to be kept in gaol for three days. He was ordered to pay the gaol fee, 3/-, and discharged on the promise of better conduct in future.

22th February 1866.
THOMAS BROWN had scarcely been discharged from gaol 12 hours before he was taken up again for being drunk and creating a mob in the streets. BROWN (as on the former occasions) said he was sorry. He was sure he could not have known what he was about. Sentenced to 7 days in Sandwich Gaol.

31st October 1867.
Swearing in of Special Constables.
JOHN PHILIP ANSELL, Gladstone Villas.
JOSEPHUS CAVELL, 3, Upper Queen Street.
BENJAMIN CLARK, 186, Lower Street.
GEORGE WELLS FINNIS, 11, Farrier Street.
EDWARD GALLEY GRIGG, 166, Beach Street.
SAMUEL MARTIN, 3, King Street.
JOHN GEORGE BATES, 3, Queens Street.
JOHN CAMBOURN, 180a, Lower Street.
THOMAS CHANDLER, 10, Robert Street.
JOHN FORD CULLEN, 180, Lower Street.
ALFRED EWELL, 12, Queen Street.
THOMAS HAMBROOK, 6, West Street.
FREDERICK HILLARY, 180b, Lower Street.
RICHARD PARSONS, 90, Middle Street.

13th Jan. 1870.
GEORGE EDWARD NORRIS, Landlord of the Deal Lugger, was charged with having his house open for sale of beer during the prohibited hours on Sunday last. The case was dismissed, but NORRIS was cautioned to be careful in future.

12th May 1870.
JOHN MILLETT, a dirty, dissapated looking vagrant, described as a French Polisher belonging to Buckinghamshire, was charged by PC Cox with being drunk and exposing himself in Lower Street. He was sentenced to 7 days hard labour, which was received by the prisoner with marked indifference.

16th July 1870.
THOMAS BUSHELL, SOLOMON RICH and BENJAMIN SMITH, watermen, belonging to Walmer Rd, were charged with stealing potatoes from a field in the Parish of Deal, belonging to Mr.HENRY AMOS. Each was sentenced to 1 month hard labour in Sandwich Gaol.

11th August 1870.
JOHN LAMBERT and GEORGE LAMBERT were charged with annoying and insulting Mr.GEORGE READ, Chief Officer of the Coastguard Station at Deal. The assault and complaint consisted of gestures and menaces in the street at various times. Both were bound over to keep the peace for three months.

18th August 1870.
EDWARD ERRIDGE, 20, Mariner, THOMAS BAYLY, fish seller, and JAMES OATRIDGE, 21, fish seller, were charged with assaulting ALEXANDER RILEY, mariner. OATRIDGE and ERRIDGE were fined 15/- each, and THOMAS BAYLY was bound over and to pay 5/-. The money in each instant was paid.

8th October 1870.
JAMES ARNOLD, general dealer of Lower Walmer, was charged with having unjust scales in his possession and fined 5/- with 12/- costs.
WALTER BUSHELL, baker of Lower Walmer, was charged with a similar offence, and was also convicted with a like offence in January last and fined 1/- and 12/- costs.
WILLIAM & CHARLES WEST, butchers, Lower Walmer, were charged with a like offence, and fined 5/- with 13/- costs.JOSEPH WALKER, baker of Walmer, was also charged with the same offence, and fined 5/- with 12/- costs.
Mrs.EMMA COOPER, grocer of Walmer, was charged with a like offence and fined 5/- and 2/- costs.
JOHN DAVIS, green-grocer, Walmer, was then charged with having light weights and fined 1/- with 12/- costs.

1st April 1871.
CHARLES PHILIP BOWBYES, landlord of the 'Lifeboat' at the North-End, was charged by Inspector PARKER with keeping his house open after 11 o'clock at night. P.C.PAIN said he had seen several persons there when he entered the house at 10 minutes past 12 o'clock - men and women singing and a man playing a banjo. BOWBYES pleaded the usual excuse, that he could not get them out of the house. This being the first offence, the Magistrates fined BOWBYES 10/-.

8th April 1871.
THOMAS BROWN, a well known character, who had appeared before the Magistrates for various offences on 47 previous occasions, dating from March 1847 to the present time, was sentenced to 18 months hard labour in Sandwich Gaol, for stealing a coat from his sister, JANE BAILEY, of West St., Deal.

28th September 1871.
SETH SNOSWELL, a young boatman, was charged with aiding and abetting a Marine, R.FLOWERDEW to desert on the previous evening. The Magistrates decided there was insufficient evidence and the case was dismissed.

18th May 1872.
HENRY CHAWNER, was charged by the Supervisor of Excise of keeping a horse without a licence. JOHN PLEDGE sworn:- I am an officer of Excise stationed at Deal. The defendant, HENRY CHAWNER, lives in Middle Street and has kept a horse since 1st January without having taken out a licence. CHAWNER was ordered to pay the licence now due.

14th September 1872.
Mrs. WICKS, wife of W. WICKS, of the Pelican Inn, Beach Street summoned W. IRVINE for assaulting her and giving her black eyes. IRVINES wife acted as charwoman and servant at the Pelican Inn. IRVINE applied for leave for her to go out and see the fireworks on the evening of the regatta - leave was refused and upon this, IRVINE committed the offence complained of. He was fined 10/-, which he paid.

24th October 1872.
ALFRED RESTELL, a tailor, was charged with stealing a 6-lb canister of Australian mutton, the property of WILLIAM CURLING NEWBY, Grocer of 7, Water St, Deal. RESTELL was sentenced to 7 days hard labour.

15th March 1873.
STEVEN PENN, a boy aged about 15, without either shoes or stockings, was charged with robbing the till of Mr.STAPLETON JOB, in Beach Street, opposit the "Fountain", and with stealing a piece of rope, the property of GEORGE PORTER. JAMES SHELVEY COX, Police constable of the Borough, gave evidence.STEVEN PENN said he was aged 15. He had no father, and got his living by "cockling". He had never been to school and did not have sufficient to eat. He admitted he was guilty of the charge. He was sentenced to 3 months hard labour in Sandwich Gaol.

9th August. 1873.
THOMAS BROWN, after having spent a day and night in gaol, was brought up on the usual charge of being drunk and creating a disturbance in the street. The Magistrates:- "You must have a month in prison, but without hard labour".
Tom Brown:- "Thank you gentleman, the weather is very hot for hard labour".

DONALD THOMPSON was charged with stealing two walking sticks value 5/-, the property of C.SPARROW of 13, Broad St, Deal where he keeps a shop for the sale of toys. THOMPSON was sentenced to 14 days hard labour.

13th March 1880.
JOHN BROWN was brought up in custody and charged with being drunk in the street. Supt. CAPPS deposed to apprehending the prisoner in Farrier Street about 10 pm. He was very drunk and noisy, and on his way to the lock-up made use of the most disgusting language. Prisoner's only defence was that he was drunk and quite unconscious. The Bench inflicted 7 days hard labour in H.M. Prison at Canterbury.