On This Day ……. 1st January 1911

About 12.30am, on the 1st of January 1911 Constable Jones and Senior Constable Barclay were escorting a prisoner to the local watch house from the Board Inn Hotel. Whilst doing so they were attacked by two men one of whom was the prisoner’s brother. In the course of the attack Jones was struck on the head by a beer bottle thrown with such force that his skull was badly fractured. Although he received medical attention almost immediately his doctors later stated they could not have prevented his death because of the massive injuries he had received. A local man was charged with the murder and presented for trial but the jury were discharged being unable to agree upon a verdict. The accused was again presented for trial and on the subsequent occasion was found ’not guilty’.