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The Argus, 28th February 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins

FOUND ON THE HIGHWAY—On Thursday afternoon as P.S. Onan was on duty on the Wymington-road, he saw a man, apparently a tramp, lying on the side of the highway. On going to him the sergeant found him to be well-nigh insensible, and in a most helpless and exhausted condition, and the only answer that could be got in reply to enquiries was "Wellingborough".

It transpired that he had been six hours coming from Wymington to the Windmill, where he was picked up. He was at once removed to the Workhouse at Wellingborough, where he was identified as Wm. Parker, 75 years of age, a native of the town. We understand he lies in a precarious condition.

Wellingborough & Kettering News 22/03/1889, transcribed by Peter Brown

Theft and violent assault on the police — Joseph Bently, tramp, was charged with an assault the police at Rushden on March 16. He was also charged with stealing 30 pairs of braces, value 10s., at Rushden, on March 16.—In the charge of larceny, Arthur Wright deposed to hanging the braces outside his shop on Saturday night, and the prisoner was seen by a girl named Evelyn Bacon to take them and put them under his coat.—P.S. Onan found the prisoner, and took him down to the "Wheat Sheaf" to have him identified. As soon as he got him in the passage prisoner hit him on the head and chest. When prisoner was got outside he said he would injure the sergeant for life, and commenced kicking, and caught him on the knee. With the assistance of the landlord he was thrown down, and the handcuffs put on him.—Prisoner said he knew nothing of either of the charges, and having had a sun stroke in Africa he was like a lunatic when he had had beer. — For the larceny he was sent to prison for 21 days, and three months for assaulting the police.

Inciting to resist—Lion Clark and Francis Denton, Rushden, were charged with encouraging Bently to resist the police.—P.S. Onan said the defendants interfered with those he called on to assist him.—P.C. Whiting said when Wright went to assist the sergeant, Clark called out, "What are you to do with the b-----?" Denton also called out, "Let the b------s have it; they don't have a job very often."—Supt. Bailie said this was the first case of the kind from Rushden, and he did not press the case, as defendants had since expressed their regret.—Fined £1 and 8s. 6d. Costs each.

The Rushden Argus July 11th 1919, transcribed by Susan Manton

Smart Capture - Rushden Police Find Wanted Man

The Rushden Police made an exceedingly smart capture on Monday. It appears that the police had an order to look out for a man named Charles Richie, alias Betts, who was wanted by the Bucks Police in connection with the theft of £18 in Treasury notes at Ravensthorpe, as far back as June 18th last. The local police made investigations with the results that they found his real name to be Betts, and that he was born at Newton Bromshold, and brought up in Rushden. Despite a careful watch the man evaded the police until Monday. That being Newton Feast P.C. Mattock went over and made inquiries and made a very smart capture in the Swan Inn. The man was handed over to the Bucks police on Tuesday.

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