Northampton Mercury, 13th September 1845
Wellingborough Petty Sessions - Beer House CaseThos. Rootham, of Newton Bromswold, was charged by Robert John Southwell, the Rushden policeman, with keeping his house open for the sale of beer after ten o’clock at night. Mr. Murphy, who appeared on the part of Mr. Rootham, by questioning the policeman, elicited such a catalogue of misdeeds, that the magistrates stopped the investigation, and said there was enough already acknowledged on the part of the policeman to prove that he was unfit for such service, and ordered superintendent Knight too see that his case was properly represented to Chief-constable Goddard. The charge was dismissed.