The Police at Work


From the Louth & Lincs Advertiser - 24th September 1859. The Text is reproduced on the right.

20th September 1859 - Superintendent Loverock investigated a threepenny measure at the Cross Keys public house, Cleethorpes. “On Tuesday the 20th inst. a case was investigated before the magistrates, which excited considerable interest. It appeared that superintendent Loverock, of the County Constabulary, whilst inspecting weights and measure at Cleethorpes, found a threepenny measure at the house of R. Clayton, “Cross-Keys inn, which he considered did not possess the proper mark. The landlord resisted the seizure on the ground that the measure had the Grimsby Corporation stamp; a scuffle ensued in which Mr. Clayton’s sister was thrown down. The investigation lasted for three hours, The defendant, in refutation of the charge, which was that of obstructing superintendent Loverock and P.C. Holland in the execution of their duty, produced as witness a gentleman from Sheffield, who reflected upon the treatment to which defendant had been subjected, in strong terms. Mr. Summers of Hull defended the case, and contended that if stamped at all, and correct in quantity, the measures could not be legally seized. The magistrates ordered them to be given up. Mr. Chapman, druggist, Mr. Brown, publican and Mr. Good, grocer whose weights has been seized for the same reason applied to have them returned. The cases were adjourned until Tuesday 4th October. Mr. Summers was employed by defendants.” (The outcome of this case is unknown).

Frederick Medcalf was charged with stealing 14s and a purse the property of Mr. White at Humberstone on the 3rd December 1863. The prosecutor said the prisoner and he lived with fellow servants and slept in the same room. On the night of the 3rd December 1863 when he had gone to bed he had in his trousers pocket a purse containing 14s. Medcalf got up first, and did not come in to breakfast, At that time, however prosecutor missed his purse and informed police-constable Richardson of Cleethorpes who apprehended the prisoner at Louth, and he then acknowledged the offence. Prisoner was sent to gaol for six months with hard labour.

In September 1864 the attendance of the police constable of this village was lately demanded at the block of buildings known as the property of the Rev. E.R. Mantell, the appearance of a young man of doubtful intentions loitering about the place being given as the reason for the policeman's interference. The shrubbery was beaten by the police constable and others who were well but rudely armed, and the "loiterer" turned out to be a young man who was only on a "courting" expedition.

In November 1864 a ratepayer at Cleethorpes sent this letter to the Lincolnshire Chronicle:

January 1866 Solomon Rowson a fisherman was fined 5s and costs 10s 6d for obstructing police constable Shaw in the execution of his duty.

Lincolnshire Chronicle, 15th February 1866: Amongst our notices of death is that of Richardson Shaw, the police constable station at Cleethorpes, whose modest bearing in the execution of his duty gained for him general respect. Being seized with a fatal affection he died after a few days suffering at the premature age of 27. Mr. Alfred Richdale, the inspector for the Grimsby division has addressed the following note to our correspondent. "I am truly grieved to inform you of the loss the force has sustained in the death of poor Shaw, which took place on the 11th inst, at half-past three o'clock in the afternoon, after seven days illness leaving a young widow, they having been married only ten weeks. No Officer could be more respected by his superiors, other constables and the public generally.

Lincolnshire Chronicle, 21st August 1868

In June 1867 Benjamin Dandeson Cleethorpes apprentice to Mr. J.R. Mackrill, draper and grocer Cleethorpes was brought up for assaulting Inspector Richdale whilst in the execution of his duty at Cleethorpes Feast. At two o'clock on Tuesday morning the Inspector was called upon to clear one of the public houses. Prisoner was in the passage with a girl and refused to leave the house and was consequently forced out. When complainant turned from him to re-enter the house defendant struck him a severe blow behind the right ear. Mr. Mackrill spoke on behalf of the youth who was fined £2 including costs. His master paid the money.

Henry Hobson of Cleethorpes Road, an old poacher was summoned for being in possession of apparatus for taking game. W. Brown police constable stationed at Cleethorpes deposed that on the 21st March 1868 at six a.m. he was on duty near the cemetery when he saw defendant coming along Abbey Road near the anti-mill with a bag. On seeing the policeman he threw the bag over a wall and ran away. He also had a dog with him. The bag contained 11 rabbits; one hare; 80 yards of net; also a "sling -shot", a few inches long suggestive of attack or defence. A fine of £1 was inflicted with 11s costs. The net and game to be destroyed. No order respecting the dog which the policeman took care of. In default of payment he was sent to gaol for one month with hard labour.

John Wright of Cleethorpes was charged with being drunk there on the 10th May 1870. He was lying in the road drunk where he was found by Police Constable Clarke whom he abused. He was fined 5s and costs, and advised to drink less beer.

Thomas Lamming of Cleethorpes. A fisherman was brought up on a remand charged with assaulting P.C. W. Dain when in the execution of his duty at Cleethorpes on the 6th July 1870. Fined £5. Laming has on three previous occasions been convicted for assaulting the police.

In October 1870, Thomas Lamming, a fisherman from Cleethorpes was again brought up on a remand charged with assaulting P.C. W. Dain in the execution of his duty at Cleethorpes. He was fined £1 and costs 10s 6d.

Magisterial Compliment: P.C. Dain of the County Constabulary stationed at Cleethorpes, on Monday 9th January 1871 received a graceful acknowledgement of a service rendered by him to the borough police force in a case of felony. After hearing his evidence as given in our police report, the Mayor publically thanked Dain for the interest he had taken in the matter under notice, and for the way he had followed out the case.

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