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Nottingham Evening Post
Thursday 3rd January 1929
Grocer who got his blow in first

How an Aslockton licensee was assaulted by two of his cusotmers outside his public house on Christmas was related to the magistrates at the Bingham Police Court today, when two stable boys employed at Yapps' racing stable, Aslockton, were each finded 20s for assault.

The defendants were James Jones and Charles Millward, both of Thoroton.

The complainant, Reginald Russell, licensee of the Cranmer Arms said that after the defendants had left the Inn on Christmas Eve he went out into the street to claim 1s 9d for beer supplied to a customer. Because he asked the customer for the money Jones and Millward set upon him and Jones struck him with a chain which he had around his hand.

Mr. Hoyt, a grocer in the village, then came on the scene, and took Millward away, "to deal with him seperately." Russell said he was the able to dispose of Jones." (laughter).

Mr. Frank Hoyte agreed that when he saw the two men fighting the licensee he went up and took one away "I got one in, before he knew anything about it" added witness amid laughter.

Defendents' story was that the licensee threatened "to knoc the 1s 9d out of the cusotmer, who was drunk. When they remonstrated with the landlord the latter "set about them."

When the men were called upon to pay the 20s fine. Millward exclaimed: "I haven't any money - I spent it all in Russell's pub" on Xmas Eve.

They were given a week to find the money, or in default, 14 days' imprisonment.

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