At the Maryport Police Court, on Saturday last, Thomas TODHUNTER,  labourer,
Maryport, was charged with having been drunk and disorderly, and  having
assaulted Police-constable ATKINSON whilst in the execution of his duty,  at half
past ten o’clock on Friday night.

Police-constable ATKINSON deposed that he saw the prisoner in High-street  
causing a great disorder, the footpath then being completely blocked up with  
people. He went away a short distance when requested to go; but he turned back,  
and, advancing to the officer, struck him in the chest with his fist.

The constable got hold of him, when the prisoner struck and kicked, and  
behaved very violently. Another man helped the prisoner, and the prisoner got  
hold of the witness and hurt him fearfully. Police-constable WILSON came to his  
assistance, and the prisoner was locked up. Inspector GRISDALE, in answer to
the  chairman, said the prisoner was a labourer, but it was very seldom that he

The prisoner, against whom there were sixteen previous convictions for  
various kinds of offences, and who on the previous day was fined for being drunk  
and disorderly, was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, with hard  labour.