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PETTY SESSIONS - WHITEHAVEN Thursday Oct 23rd

Small beer. - Ann BELL, wife of a sailor, living in Harrison's Court, High Scotch-street, was charged with having assaulted a boy names STABLES, son of a joiner living in that street. - Mr ATTER, said the assault took place on Monday week. The defendant was summoned for last Thursday, but as Mr Stables did not wish to press the case, it was allowed to stand over, as defendant had promised to pay the costs, in which case the proceedings would be withdrawn. Since then, however, the defendant had stated that she would rather the case was heard at the court. - The defendant said she could not pay the costs. - The evidence was that a quarrel had arisen between the complainant's and defendant's sons, who are about the same age, and the defendant struck the complainant in the face, after which she carried him to his father to get him chastised. - The case was adjourned for a month, to allow the defendant time to settle the dispute and costs with the complainant.

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Monday, October 27. (Before C FISHER, Esq., (chairman), the Rev J RIMMER, J R BAIN, Esq., W JACKSON, Esq., H JEFFERSON, Esq., Major SPENCER, Jonas LINDOW, Esq., and R JEFFERSON, Esq.)

BEGGING.- James DONNELLEY, a one-armed man, a tramp, was charged with begging. - Sergeant BELL saw the prisoner going from door to door in King-street begging, on Friday night. He took him back to one place he saw him leaving, and he then admitted he had been begging. - In answer to the Bench, prisoner said he was a collier, and that he had lost his arm in a pit. - He was discharged with a caution. - Richard FRANKLIN, a lame man, a tramp, was also charged with begging. - Sergeant DUERS said that yesterday afternoon he was on the New-road, near Bransty, in plain clothes, when he saw the prisoner squatted on the footpath begging. He cautioned him against doing so, when he became very violent; and on witness saying he would take him into custody, prisoner got on to his feet, seized him, and tried to pull the clothes off his back. - Prisoner was the worse of liquor at the time. Prisoner, in a loud voice, denied that he assaulted the sergeant. He was begging for alms, when the po!
liceman took hold of him roughly and pulled him up. - PC HODGSON said he was called to the assistance of Sergeant Duers, and he saw prisoner raising his stick to strike the sergeant. - Prisoner was sent to gaol for 14 days, with hard labour.

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THEFT AT ARLECDON. - James BURNS, navvy, Arlecdon, was charged with having stolen a smock, the property of another navvy, named William KING. - Prisoner said he was drunk and didn't know how he came by it. - King said he lived at Moresby, and on Wednesday last he was in the Sun Inn, Arlecdon. He went in about nine in the morning, having the smock with him, and he missed it at four or five in the afternoon. - Mr BROCKBANK: Were you in the house all that time? - Witness: Very nigh, sir. - The Chairman: You had a good day of it. - Mr Brockbank: Out of work, I suppose? (Laughter.) - Witness went on to say that the smock was in the same room with him. Both he and the prisoner had some drink together; and the prisoner was in the same room with him. Both he and the prisoner had some drink together; and the prisoner had gone when the smock was missed. - John CLIFFORD, and assistant with Mrs STEELE, pawnbroker, said a man like the prisoner came into the pawnshop on Thursday last and !
offered to pledge the smock produced. Witness would not take it, as it was wet. The man then wanted him to buy it, but his he also declined. - Sergeant Bell said he apprehended the prisoner yesterday afternoon in the Britannia Inn, when he had the smock in his possession. He said, in reply to the charge, that it was all right, he took it, and that he was very drunk at the time. - Prisoner was sent to gaol for 14 days, with hard labour.

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A DRUNKEN FREAK. - George BURNS, miner, Cleator Moor, was brought up in custody, charged with doing wilful damage to a window, the property of George CAVANAGH. - Complainant said that on Sunday morning last he heard some one knock at his door, and on looking out he saw the prisoner. He asked him what he wanted; but he made no reply; and he afterwards broke the sash of the window and six panes of glass with his hands and feet he (the witness) thought. He did not know why he did it. Prisoner was drunk at the time. The damage done amounted to 12s. - Prisoner admitted doing the damage complained of, but had nothing further to say. - He was fined 25s, including damages or costs, or in default 14 days' imprisonment.