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  1. I was delighted to be contacted last night by Stephen Saleh who told me a very interesting story and did I have any information? Workmen refurbishing a premises on Church Street, Eccles had revealed a large tiled mural with the monogram BL set in the centre which had been hidden from view for many, many years covered up by a studded wall. Using my so called "archive" I did a bit of research and discovered that the premised used to be a confectionery shop called, Bowdens Limited, hence the monogram. The shop was listed in the 1923 Trades Directory but by 1939 it had been taken over by Meeson's Limited another well known confectionery company. It has has gone through many owners over the years including, Minton Wallpaper, Smiths Cleaners and Quinns Electrical Store who sold expensive stereos and Hi-Fi equipment. The Booth family are the present owners who will be letting the premises to Adam and James Hairdressers who have a smaller premises on Church Street at present. I do hope that the tiles are left in situ and used as a feature in the shop, I believe they are an important reminder of Eccles's social history and should be preserved, fingers crossed!
  2. Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police - Ian Hopkins, has released the following statement in response to recent media reports on the Independent Assurance Review of CSE which have revealed the failures of Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Council and Social Services in safeguarding young vulnerable girls that had been systematically abused by a one hundred strong Asian grooming gang whilst they were in Council care homes. One girl tragically died within months of being hospitalised after being forcibly injected with heroin. Her abuser, Mohammed Yaqoob then aged 50-years old, was cleared of her manslaughter after forcibly injecting her, he was instead jailed for just three and a half years for the administration of a noxious substance. Hopkins released a statement this afternoon denying that the force had been involved in attempting to prevent the publication of a report into the case, saying nothing could be further than the truth, this is what he had to say on the matter:
  3. Another story of when love breaks down and young lovers fall apart, happily most relationships don't end so dramatically as this one. Letitia Worthington 19, (what a lovely first name) lived in Foster Street, Weaste and had been courting Arthur Dunn 20, who resided at Morpeth Terrace, Salford for a mere six weeks. On a Sunday evening in January 1920, Dunn called at Letitia's home and asked if she would marry him, she declined his offer and after a few choice words, slammed the door shut in his face, The next morning she was on Eccles New Road when the persistent suitor once again approached her and said, "So, what have you decided to do then?" To which she replied "I have given you up, I am marrying James Smith" She had kept him quiet until now, but not the answer young Mr Dunn wished to hear. He then took out a cut throat razor from inside his jacket, wiped it over his handkerchief and said, "Neither Smith nor anyone else will have you, I will do you in myself" Fortunately for Letitia she spotted P.C. Hartley and D.C. Coates walking down the road, always there when you need them aren't they? She told them what Dunn had said and threatened, he was arrested and taken into custody were he told the constable, "I intended doing her in, I'm sorry I didn't do it last night, if you don't arrest me I will do it later" Hardly making it easy for himself is he, I thought you were supposed to say nothing in the police station... The next day he appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with making threats against her. Stepping into the witness box, Letitia was described by the journalist as being, "A tall, slim sharp featured girl". Is that a compliment? She told the Stipendiary that she had been seeing Dunn for only a few weeks and when he knocked on her door asking her to marry him, she told him that she had no intention and was staying at home looking after her invalid mother, furthermore she intended marrying James Smith. P.C. Hartley took the stand and told the court that he saw Letitia in a distressed state and when he asked Dunn what was the matter, he told him that he intended, "doing her in". D.C. Coates then took the stand and said that Dunn had never been in trouble with the police before. Strangely enough he told the court that Dunn had left school aged 11 because of "a little mental deficiency" from which he had recovered and now worked for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company. What on earth is "a little mental deficiency"? Then even more bizarrely the Stipendiary bound Dunn over for 12 months with a surety of £20 or if in default 14 days imprisonment! Now that is a remarkably lenient sentence, he had admitted that he wanted to kill her and would do so in the future, yet was allowed to walk free. Can you imagine the uproar if Dunn had carried out his threats at a later date, who would the finger of blame point at then, and possibly to late to save Letitia's life, a strange case.
  4. A new decade and another selection of stories from Salford's colourful past, starting with this somewhat violent and tangled love story. As I have said many times it must have been hard being a bobby on the streets of Salford, 100 years ago, the newspapers are full of stories of the poor P.C. being punched, kicked, spat at and generally abused by the general public, no wonder they went around in pairs on Cross Lane and Trafford Road. This story from January 1920 shows yet again what happens when the local policeman gets involved in a neighbourly dispute. P.C. Harding was doing his rounds in the Broughton area of Salford when he heard shouts and screams coming from a nearby house on Blackfriars Road and went to investigate, He saw William Wheeldon knocking lumps out of another man and a large crowd had gathered to watch the spectacle, cheering along. Wheeldon unexpectedly put his arm through a window causing a massive blood loss. P.C. Harding stepped in to stop the fighting and help staunch the flow of blood from Wheeldon's arm when he slipped on the pavement, possibly in all the blood? Wheeldon showed his appreciation of the constable's action by booting him twice him in the head, he then collapsed from loss of blood and fell on top of him. Both men were taken to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment to their injuries. The next day, Wheeldon appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting P.C, Harding, He must have looked a sorry figure in the dock with his arm heavily bandaged and sporting two black eyes received in the fight. He told the Stipendiary that he had taken quite a few drinks that day and only remembered waking up in the hospital. Hoping for leniency he added that that he was deeply ashamed of himself and his actions and would like to apologise to P,C, Harding. Then with a marvellous attempt at emotional blackmail he told the court that his wife was having a baby and was due in the next few days" This reminds me of the scene in that classic film, Withnail and I when he is being threatened with violence and pleads with his attacker not to him because, "my wife is having a baby" The Stipendiary rebuffed this plea and said that that this was a serious offence and sent him to prison for seven days with hard labour. However this isn't the end of the story.... Mrs Wheeldon who was sat in the public gallery, leapt to her feet and shouted out, "Please don't send him to prison, my baby!" She then theatrically collapsed and was carried out by the courtroom staff to recover and the case was temporarily halted, When it resumed shortly afterwards the Stipendiary humanely decided to reduce the sentence to a fine of 15 shillings saying that , "We cannot have your wife distressed like that" A nice gesture and hopefully the Wheeldons lived happily ever after, but I wouldn't recommend trying that stunt in court today,
  5. I have covered some strange historical news stories over the years but I have to admit to be taken aback at this truly bizarre court case from the Eccles and Patricroft Journal of January 1916. Mrs Hulse who lived at Bell Terrace in Barton appeared at Eccles Magistrates Court with her head swathed in bandages. She gave evidence against her husband George Henry Hulse in the hope of getting a separation order – an early form of divorce. Legal separation in 1916 was difficult for women – not only because of the immense cost of legal representation. The 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act allowed ordinary people to divorce, but women not only had to prove their husbands had been unfaithful but also had to prove additional faults, which included cruelty and rape. It was not until 1937 that the law was changed to allow divorce on other grounds, including drunkenness, insanity and desertion. Had poor Mrs Hulse been born 20 years later, the law would have caught up with what she needed to get away from her husband. Eccles Magistrates Court heard that George Hulse had hospitalised his wife in a severe assault after a row over money and beer. She said that her husband – who had an artificial leg – had left her penniless, hungry and without any housekeeping money for over a week. George had apparently gone out drinking and had not returned until 24 hours later, much the worse for wear. When Mrs Hulse sat with her husband to explain the lack of cash, he promptly stood up and punched her in the face, sending her sprawling to the ground. As if that wasn’t enough, he started attacking the prone woman with his wooden leg while she was on the floor, until both she and the kitchen floor were covered in blood. Such was the ferocity of the assault Mrs Hulse had to be taken to Eccles and Patricroft Hospital for stitches to her head wounds. It transpired in court that this was not the first time he had beaten his wife so badly she needed hospital treatment: she had already been in the infirmary for over a week during Christmas 1915 after another assault. The unhappy couple had only been married since March the year before and each had five children from those marriages. Eight boys and girls were living with them at the time. Edith Bradley, a neighbour from Bell Terrace, told the court that she had seen Mr Hulse come home and lock the front door and then proceed to thrash his wife. She could hear the screams from next door but was unable to gain entry into the house so called the local police for help. Mr Hulse took the witness box and said that it was all his wife’s fault as she was “seeing another man causing him to lose his temper with her”. The Magistrate told Mr Hulse that his actions had been cowardly enough without making charges of that nature. He then proceeded to say that in ordinary circumstances the offender would have been sent straight to prison, but that he had to take the couple’s multiple children into consideration. Mr Hulse was then told he would be fined £1 or face a month in prison – a remarkably light sentence in my opinion. A seperation order was also granted to Mrs Hulse with an allowance of 15 shillings a week to be paid by Mr Hulse. I think we have to ask ourselves what on earth was Mrs Hulse doing in the first place marrying this dreadful man? Bell Terrace, I believe, was a small, close-quarter terraced street behind the Rock Hotel in Barton, hardly an ideal place to bring up eight children in what sounds like appalling conditions, not to mention while dodging a drunken, bullying husband. Hopefully Mrs Hulse went on to live a normal, happy life bringing up her children without any violent interruptions from Mr Hulse.
  6. Hopefully you are all aware that Eccles did at one time have a wharf on the Manchester Ship Canal where ships could load and unload their cargo, this was at the bottom of Alma Street/Boardman Street area. This story from December 1919 concerns this wharf but also tells of the misfortunes of a couple of Japanese seamen who fell foul of the law and and local mob justice. Trouble had been brewing for several days in Eccles with news that local girls who worked at Nickels and Nagel Starch Works, which later became Brown and Polson's, had to get a ferry from the wharf to get to work and the same return trip back to Eccles. Japanese seaman were moored there unloading a supply of timber and the girls soon became a focus of their attention. On the Monday evening two girls had made the trip across the canal and were walking along Barton Lane, towards the town centre at 10.30pm. They passed a group of the seaman who whistled and shouted at them, one of the girls then was tripped up by them, possibly innocent horseplay, they called the police but they couldn't see any of the alleged assailants. The next evening, six of the seaman were seen drinking in various public houses in Eccles, word had quickly gone round that these were the men who had offended the girls the previous evening, not only that but were rumoured to be carrying knives and firearms. P.C. Berry saw saw one of the men, worse for wear with the drink, who was singing and urging people to fight him, he was taken into custody possibly for his own safety as it turns out. The other sailors dispersed and made their way back to the ship, however one of them wasn't to make it. He was found on nearby Irwell Grove, bleeding from from the head, with a group of men stood around him, his attackers? The police took him to Eccles and Patricroft Hospital were he was detained although his injuries were described as being, "not serious" they consisted of a "large bruise to his face, a deep cut on the head and suffering from concussion" Presumably with that medical diagnosis if you were in a coma you would be described as being "stable". Wednesday morning saw the arrested Japanese sailor at Eccles Magistrates Court, charged with drunkeness, on the Bench were Messrs E.C. Adams and G. Brooks. The man couldn't speak English so the court case was a bit dodgy to start with, however the case went ahead. Inspector Swaits of the Eccles Constabulary asked the man how much whisky he had drunk, to which he replied in "Good English" as the Eccles Journal reported, "No whisky, five beers" Five pints of Holts or Boddingtons was no doubt a strong pint 100 years ago, and Eccles had quite a few of those pubs, or had he been in the "Stinking Stocking", the Albert Edward to you more refined readers, the pub allegedly got this nickname from the ladies of the night who plied their trade in there, but I digress. He was fined ten shillings and sixpence or 14 days imprisonment. There are no further reports of trouble between locals and the Japanese sailors, so they would have to wait until December 1941 before hostilities could begin again.
  7. Tony Flynn

    THE CONE OF RIGHTEOUS JUSTICE MAKES AMENDS

    After the incident which made the news for all the wrong reasons, which included a phone call from my brother in Australia asking what had happened, I decided to do something, anything to make some good from this awful day. The next evening I went back to the scene of The Battle of the Albert Edward as it has become known and retrieve the cone which had been hurled at Idiot Number One, and took it to a safe house, mine. It dawned on me that it would be a good idea if I was able to raffle the cone off, I could possibly raise some money to help the two charities that Idiot Number One had managed to offend in one foul swoop, the genuine homeless and the ex-serviceman. Well you certainly rose to the occasion in some style, and the money kept coming in, (sorry for any inconvenience Eccles Gateway staff!) with donations of fivers and tenners. Then Angie Shepherd kindly donated a signed photograph of the Eccles Cenotaph in the early 1960, taken by her father, George who you should know is a magnificent photographer and a true gentleman, which was quickly snapped up for £50 by Karen Mansley. I did my reckoning up today and you have kindly donated the eye watering sum of £270! Give yourself a massive pat on the back! So I went to Mustard Tree in Eccles Precinct and gave half the cash to the Manager, Alistair who thanked me profusely and said that the cash would be used to stock the emergency weekend foodbank which was running low, to clarify, you have to be referred to the foodbank bu a Housing Association, Doctor or Social Services, you don't just turn up and get free food! This afternoon Karl turned up in his pimp mobile and we drove to Broughton House Nursing Home which provides comfort, food and shelter for ex-servicemen and has been helping out since 1916. We were met by Laura Carr from the Management Team who gave us a mini tour of the building and told us about the history and showed us what a great service they provide. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/broughtonhousepinbadges We then handed over the remaining cash and were delighted to hear that it would be put to good use use for the veterans including Christmas treats! So we have hopefully put the "Conegate" incident to bed, and we have made good fortune by turning around what was a truly dreadful day, finally something good has come out of it, and it's all because of you good people. Finally the cone was purchased for £50 and will be living out it's years in a back garden in the local area, safe from any trauma, trouble or stress, it needs a rest.
  8. We are often told that a policeman's lot is not a happy one and this cautionary tale from November 1919 backs this theory up. P.C. Gleeson was making his way along Bolton Street in no doubt an orderly fashion, when he noticed a head suddenly peer out from around the corner of nearby Gore Street and as quickly vanish. Our brave boy in blue made his way to the corner to investigate who the mystery person was, and what he saw ended up with Karl Christian Thomsen, a foreign seaman and Agnes Astall of Farm Street, Salford appearing at Salford Magistrates Court charged with being drunk and disorderly and police assault. P.C. Gleeson a man no doubt of the highest morals told the court that he saw the couple, "Conducting themselves in an improper manner" And I think we can all guess what they were up to, the mucky pups. He asked them what they were doing (honestly) and Agnes became abusive to him and proceeded to strike him about the head and body, he decided that enough was enough and he would arrest the amorous couple and take them to Chapel Street police station. Agnes had other ideas and continued her assault on him kicking him about the legs and body, eventually she fell to the floor because the street was covered in mud. P.C. Gleeson shouted for assistance, (I thought they blew their whistles?) and heard footsteps running to his rescue, sadly it wasn't a local hero, it was Thomsen who immediately punched him straight on the jaw. No doubt cheesed off with this latest assault he turned his attention to Thomsen who he described to the court as "Being like one demented!" A few restraining blows by the burly copper brought Thomsen to his senses, who threw his hands up and agreed to go the police station. Agnes was being restrained on the floor by the boots of the policeman planted not on her throat but on her skirts to stop her running away, a crafty move. Both were marched to the police station and charged with the offences. At the Magistrates Court Mr Foyster asked the couple if they pleaded guilty, Thomsen nodded in agreement, whilst Agnes no doubt made of sterner stuff shouted, "How could I assault a big man like him?" For an answer P.C. Gleeson held up a large, swollen disjointed thumb as evidence. The Magistrate found them both guilty and fined them £1 or 14 days in prison for being drunk and disorderly, he then fined them both £2, five shillings for police assault or 21 days in prison. It is recorded that the couple paid their fines on the spot and left the court free to continue with their dalliance. I assume that Thomsen being a foreign seaman was moored at Salford docks and had met Agnes, no doubt a shy, sweet, retiring young girl for a glass of beer and things got out of hand as they say.
  9. Tony Flynn

    REVIEW: 100 UNHIP ALBUMS THAT AREN'T?

    If like me you are a vinyl junkie - a record collector for all you youngsters - and used to avidly purchase albums when they came out hoping for the best because you have usually bought all their previous stuff, and have since winced when looking through your collection and thought, "what was I thinking?" However salvation and succour is at hand thanks to the publication of a spiffing new book by, Manchester music legend (he must hate that expression) Ian Moss, with 100 Unhip Albums, That We Should Learn To Love. The book blasts apart musical snobbery and reassures you that "guilty pleasures" means sod all, its just pure pleasure, so enjoy it. There are actually 110 mini essays on albums from such artists as Bob Dylan, Edgar Broughton Band, Mungo Jerry, Nic Jones, The Kinks, The Prick Jaggers, David Essex, Queen, Fatima Mansions,Barry White, Love, Status Quo etc etc. It is an incredibly well written and witty book which shows just how much of a musical magpie that Ian is, he writes knowledgeably about each band/artist with genuine love, humour and candour and made me think twice about certain albums lurking in my collection. As a wet nosed kid I recall seeing Leo Sayer on the OGWT in 1973 dressed as a white faced Pierott singing these incredible songs, which made me rush to the local record shop and purchase his album, Silverbird, which was amazing, songs so sad and delicate with a voice that haunted me. We all know what happened to Leo don't we, he became the curly mopped, all round entertainer with terrible songs and a permanent grin on his face, reader I wept and hid the album away. However reading this book has given me a new slant on both the album, and that it's OK to like your music, feel no shame because you purchased say, David Essex albums, if you you liked it then, so what? put your musical snobbery to one side and wallow in the pleasure of music. Enough from me, I urge you to seek this book out you will not be disappointed, its one of those books you can open at any page and be charmed by the writing, a real love for music shines out, still concerned about my Gary Glitter album though...... Available from Empire Publications, 1 Newton St, Manchester M1 1HW at £9.95, yup the ideal Christmas present!
  10. I was granted exclusive access to the Albert Edward pub, Church Street, Eccles, today Thursday 14 November by the workmen from the brewery who are cleaning up and repairing the damage caused by the squatters who left the premises yesterday. The pub is in a bit of a mess as can be expected with empty cans of lager dotted around the place, half empty pint pots of stale beer and overflowing ashtrays. The beer that was in the pub when the squatters moved in has been drunk as you can imagine along with all the bottles etc. I have no idea what the living quarters look like but I can only imagine they are in a mess and the pub needs a deep cleansing. I was annoyed to see that several pictures had been taken from the wall, including one's of Eccles war hero, Jimmy Rushby who was a regular in there, Jimmy sadly died in January 2016, aged 89, why on earth remove these photographs and a much loved poem that was written about him, senseless? A new landlord is being trained up and will take over the Albert Edward next Monday, however a date hasn't been set for when the pub will be open to the general public, but it looks like next weekend and I for one will be happy to see it reopen as it is one of my favourite watering holes in Eccles. So hopefully normal service will be resumed as soon as possible, Cheers!
  11. Tony Flynn

    100 YEARS AGO: ECCLES WOMAN'S RAZOR ATTACK

    They say a Mother's love for her son or daughter is unconditional, all lasting, a bond that will never be broken and she will do anything to protect them. Perhaps Edith Rigby who was residing on Wellington Road, Eccles was being a tad over protective of her daughter, as this court case from November 1919 shows when she appeared at Manchester Assize Court charged with Unlawfully wounding, Thomas Livesey on October 17th, 1919. The court heard that Thomas Livesey was employed at Lockett's Finishing Works, on Bazaar Street, Salford just behind Pendleton Church. On the 17th October, Edith called at the works asking for Mr Livesey, she found him working in a room, in a stooped position, she went behind him and put her hand on his shoulder and drew a cut throat razor across his face. Having doing this she walked calmly into Mr Lockett's office and told him, "I have marked him for life for my daughters honour". She was quickly arrested and taken into custody by Detective Sergeant McNee. Livesey was taken to hospital with a wound to his face from his chin to his left ear and a slight wound to his scalp. At the police station Edith told the police that her daughter was pregnant by Livesey and this was the reason for the attack to defend her honour. At the Assize Court she was defended by Mr St John Yates who advised her to plead guilty to the offence as charged. He told the court that he could not disguise the seriousness of the offence in using a razor, then added that if she had wanted to commit Grievous Bodily Harm she could have easily done so, however she had, "Merely drew the razor across his face and obviously without much force" Getting on his moral high horse he told the court that, "This woman's daughter was employed at the same works as the complainant, and in due course she met him, a married man who under the pretence of being single seduced the girl "The mother upon learning of her daughter's condition and without thinking what she was doing picked up a razor, went to his works and committed this offence. "I understand she is very sorry now for what she has done and wishes me to express her sorrow for this act and whilst in prison has been under constant medical attention" Strangeways prison doctor, Allan Pearson told the court that she had been in his care since her arrest and at first she was nervous, agitated and not sleeping well, however her condition has improved and she is now eating well but full of remorse for he actions. Sir H.A. McArdie in passing sentence said, "You only meant to mark him , your phrase was to, "mark him for life" but one twist of the hand, a little moreforce and this man would have been dead and you would have been in the dock today charged with the offence of murder. "I recognise the provocation you have suffered and the deep grief you felt when you learned what he had done to your daughter. "You are a woman too, but if omitted to to punish you I should omit to indicate the law which I am here to see carried out to the full. "The sentence of this court is that you must go to prison for four months" That is what I call a result, she had made her way some three miles from Eccles to Pendleton to carry out this attack, never mind "without thinking what she was doing picked up a razor" and presumably got public transport there which gave her plenty of time to reconsider what she had planned out. Also one slip and poor old Livesey was dead, it was lucky he didn't get his throat cut. I suppose this story gives some indication of the moral outrage that must have been felt in those times, a married man getting a young, single girl pregnant, obviously not the thing to do, and on reflection not a thing to do in these more modern liberated times.
  12. Tony Flynn

    ECCLES REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2019

    Reverend Ross Garner from Churches Together In Eccles led the service and did a sterling performance considering certain events. He told us about the first Eccles casualty of the Great War, James Holt, from Pym Street, Patricroft who died in 1915 aged 21 also mentioning other soldiers who had taken part reading from their letters they had sent home from the Western Front. Tears filled people's eyes when Laurence Binyon's poem, For the Fallen was read out by Graham Walker, an ex-serviceman himself. The Last Post was played expertly by 10 year old Oliver Tattersall who considering he is the youngest member of the Goodshaw Band, to his absolute credit performed it magnificently. Wreaths were laid by numerous organisations including, RAOB, Blesma, Rotary Club, Merchant Navy, British Legion, GMP, Salford Council, Veterans Garage, Churches Together, RN Reserves, Scouts, Brownies, Guides and literally hundreds of small individual crosses were planted in the small memorial garden there. I have to admit that there seems to be more and more people attending each year which is a good thing, also I have seen school parties laying home made wreaths prior to this event at the war memorial, a nice gesture which I appreciated. Finally congratulations to the organiser, Graham Walker who arranged for safety barriers to be installed which enabled the marchers easier access to the memorial and also helped the onlookers to gain good vantage points.
  13. As I have written in earlier articles there was a spate of racial tension in Salford around the Greengate and Adelphi areas, these areas were populated by a lot of black seaman, mainly from Africa who had been paid off at Salford Docks and continued to reside here. The Salford City Reporter often carried out stories about these new residents and sadly often in in offensive terms, which was par for the course, 100 years ago and happily no longer the case. This story is from October 1919 and concerns four black men, none of whom resided in Salford who appeared at the Magistrates Court charged with, "Behaving in a manner likely to cause a breach of of the peace" and more seriously one of the men, Thomas Momo was charged with threatening to shoot Elizabeth Donohue and Mary Ellen Jones, also with assaulting Inspector Kelly and carrying a pistol without a licence. Again the Salford City Reporter used inflammatory headlines when they covered this story, Threatening Nig**r scare in the Adelphi area, "Will Kill All Whites" The Court was told that John Momo, Thomas O'Koro, Richard Dixon and James Andrews who all resided at Carter Street, Manchester were seen in Artillery Street, Adelphi and Momo was brandishing a revolver. A strange case then unravelled before the Court as the witnesses and accused told their side of the story. Mrs Donohue told the Court that she was on her doorstep talking to a neighbour when John Momo walked up to her and said, "You ------if you say anything, I'll put this pistol through you!" Momo denied saying this but a witness by the name of Ellen O' Brien stated that she did hear Momo make these threats. She then told the Court that she saw the four men accused walking down her street and remarked to a neighbour, "We've got Dixieland back" Momo approached her, drew his revolver from his pocket and said that he would shoot her, adding, "I will kill all whites" Things got heated when Momo said that as they passed young boys in the street, they began jeering him and throwing stones, he admitted pulling his revolver out but it was only to scare them he said. P.C. Foden took the stand and said that he was on duty at the corner of Adelphi Street and Chapel Street when he heard a commotion and went to investigate. He saw Momo walking quickly away and when asked if he was carrying a pistol, he denied this, but then showed him a pistol and said he didn't want to shoot anybody, he was then taken into custody along with the three other men to Chapel Street police station. When he was searched the pistol was taken from him and it was found to be fully loaded with six bullets in it's chambers. He then became violent and struck Inspector Kelly in the face and chest, he was so violent that it took four men to subdue him and put him in the cells. The Magistrate then dealt with Momo separately, he was bound over for £100 with two sureties of £50 each for 12 months or in default, three months imprisonment, and for carrying the pistol with no licence he was fined £5 or 26 days imprisonment. Sadly there is no mention of what sentences the other three accused men received. Obviously Momo was provoked by the Dixieland slurs and the children throwing stones but there is no justification for brandishing a loaded revolver in the street and threatening to, "Kill all Whites" The fine he received amounted to over £200 an amount these days which comes to almost £9,000! Perhaps the Magistrate used his discretion in not sending Momo to prison considering the provocation he received, but decided to hammer him with a massive fine. We'll never know if Momo managed to pay this fine and avoid jail, hopefully so, however Adelphi is a more peaceful place to live these days.
  14. I was pleased to receive this collection of photographs from Tony Green an ex-resident of Eccles, who took these photos in 1975, and show many scenes of the town centre, I love the bench outside the Bulls Head pub! Tony tells me,
  15. Tony Flynn

    100-YEARS-AGO: SALFORD SHOOTING SENSATION

    Lucy Pugh, 19 a cotton operative at Connels Mill on Ancoats Lane, Manchester was walking down New Bailey Street, Salford when she came to the junction with Chapel Street, when Robert Lomas, 23 walked up to her and shot her in the face. Now that I have your attention I shall tell you the the full story of this shocking incident, of a violent and doomed relationship, which happened in September 1919, and is hardly Mills and Boon material. Lomas who resided at Islington Drive appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with, felonious, unlawfully and maliciously wounding Lucy Pugh with intent to cause grievous bodily harm by shooting her with a pistol on Chapel Street. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody for a week whilst police investigations were made. Lucy had been taken to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment to her injuries, she had lost a lot of blood with a bullet wound to the left side of her face which exited through the right side of her cheek, she made a remarkable recovery and would soon be facing Robert Lomas in a courtroom. The police inquiries revealed that Lomas and ex-soldier had been seeing Lucy for about seven months, but it was a very volatile relationship with him often making death threats to her family. Lomas was then remanded to the Manchester Assizes to stand trial and was defended by a Mr Nolan, described as being, "a well known coloured barrister and Mr J. Thorpe prosecuted for the Crown Court. Lucy told the crowded court that she was walking home from work with a friend who also worked at Connels Mill when Lomas approached her and asked, "Where were you last night?" She told him that she had stayed in with her mother when she felt a blow to the face and passed out. Mrs Pugh was called to give evidence and it soon became clear that there was no love lost between her and Robert Lomas. She said that he was a regular visitor to the house and not always a welcome one, and on one occasion she came home to find him sat on her sofa, he jumped up and knocked chairs over and shouted, "I am Robert Lomas, I have had four brothers in the army and I will do all the Pugh family in, and I don't care for anybody" and then added, "You will soon be needing three coffins" P.C. Hunter told the court that on the evening in question he was on duty in Chapel Street with P.C. Lorinson when he heard a gunshot, they raced to the scene and saw that a man named Robert Craddock had tussled Lomas to the ground. They arrested him and a search revealed three live cartridges in his jacket all capable of being fired from the revolver which they also confiscated. He was taken to the nearby police station and was told that he would be charged with the offence listed, however Lomas showed no remorse and said that he would plead not guilty at court. Finally Dr Ghosh from Salford Royal Hospital gave evidence and stated that he treated Lucy Pugh for her injuries and said that if the bullet had deviated slightly it would have severed an artery which would have killed her instantly. Mr Nolan for the defence must surely have known that he was fighting a losing battle in this case, however he did try and plead for his client. He said that Lomas's threats had been carried out in a "boisterous mood", one way of putting it I suppose, and then added that when he pulled the revolver out he had no intention of firing it, merely to frighten her when it suddenly exploded in his hand!. For good measure he chucked in that Lomas had been drinking that day and had also served his country in the war, receiving injuries in the process. The jury retired to consider their verdict and were only out for a few minutes before they returned to declare that Lomas was guilty. Justice McCardie described the offence as a cowardly attack with a revolver on a girl. He sentenced him to seven years imprisonment. The paper said that in court Lomas was seen waving at friends in the public gallery and smiling, and rather prophetically was seen to hold up seven fingers before the sentence was handed down, hopefully Justice McCardie had noticed this act of bravado and took him up on his suggestion.



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