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 * Wantage Chronicle, 7 October 1876, page 8.

At the divisional petty session, Thursday, Mary Ann Black a gipsey's wife, who made an attack upon her sister-in-law in the presence of the magistrates at Hungerford, Wednesday, was committed for trial.

* Abingdon Herald, 11 May 1889, page 5.


A DISTURBANCE AMONG DEALERS. - Jabez Buckland, hawker, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and further assaulting Amos Black, the previous day.

John Buckland, also described as a hawker, was charged with attempting to rescue Jabez Buckland from the custody of the police. - The two former pleaded guilty.

P.C. Goodey, in regard to the charge of attempted rescue, deposed that on the previous evening, about six o'clock, he and P.C. Molden had Jabez Buckland in custody in Bath-street, the latter having assaulted Black. On the way to the station John Buckland did all he could to get prisoner from him. Witness told him that if he did not desist he should charge him. He, however, continued his attempts, and eventually he took him into custody.

Accused said he was trying to prevent his brother from fighting with Black. The constable stated that Black was not near at the time. P.C. Molden corroborated, saying prisoner attempted for a quarter of an hour to rescue Jabez Buckland.

Inspector Heath said John Buckland's conduct was very objectionable throughout the day. In the evening he (witness) found the sergeant and two constables in High-street with Jabez Buckland in custody. They were surrounded by a mob of people, who, by hooting and hustling, contributed a good deal to the disturbance. Some persons who assisted the police were interfered with by prisoner's friends.

The complainant Black, a dealer, of Inkpen, said he came to the fair the previous day with some ponies, and Jabez Buckland abused his boy for not running a horse for him. Witness told him he kept the boy for his own use, and Buckland then challenged him to fight for o5. Witness said he would rather have something to drink with him than fight, and they went into a publichouse [sic], where prisoner threw some liquor in his face. They afterwards came outside, where Buckland knocked him down and made him partly insensible. He, however, did not wish to press the charge, as he and the Bucklands were friends.

The Deputy-Mayor asked complainant if his black eyes were the result of the quarrel. - Complainant said they were. Sergeant Turner stated that he heard Buckland challenging Black to fight. When they took the former into custody the whole family tried to rescue him.

The prisoner Jabez Buckland said the dispute occurred through "Nanny Gloucester, Jim Bishop's wife," who refused to let the boys run his horse.

The Bench having consulted, the Mayor remarked that they could not allow this sort of conduct on fair days or other occasions, and for disorderly conduct John Buckland [sic - Jabez] would be imprisoned for 14 days. As Black did not press the charge of assault, that part of the case would be dismissed. In attempting to rescue his friend, John Buckland had committed what the law regarded as a serious offence, and he must go to gaol for 21 days.

An application for the alternative of a fine was refused. The result caused quite a sensation among the prison.

In connection with this case the Bench granted a summons for assault, the complainant being a youth who had assisted the police.

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