5.55 pm Monday November 25th 1895. I received information from Mr Joseph Willey 66 Paisley Street that at 4.55 pm he left his child Harry aged 2 years alone in the house for a short time. On returning a few minutes afterwards he found the child with his clothes on fire, the child having been playing with the fire. He smothered the fire out with a shawl & went for a Doctor. Dr Mitchell of Park Lane attended & dressed the burns and advised the child's removal to the Infirmary where the child was conveyed in the Horse Ambulance by Fireman Duerden.
December 20th 1895 10.50 am Cautioned the following persons about leaving their goods on or overhanging the public footpath – Mr A Priestley 410 Manchester Rd, Mr J L Morley 460 Manchester Rd, Mr J O Lumb 452 Manchester Rd, Jesse Mitchell Manchester Rd.
December 22nd 1895 6.30 pm Found a Mongrel Dog at large without muzzle in Chapel Lane. Caught it and conveyed it to the Town Hall.
January 14th 1896 5.35 am Accident PC51 Illingworth reports that he received information from George Teale (22) of 60 Bowling Back Lane, that he was following his occupation at Messrs Campbell & Harrison, at 5.30 am when his forefinger of his left hand was drawn into the rollers of the machine & severely crushed. He was conveyed in the Horse Ambulance by Fireman Duerden & the above named officer.
January 25th 1896 3.5 am Accidental Poisoning PC51 Illingworth reports that he received information from Mr Walker 263 Manchester Road that his son Harry Walker (24) drank a quantity of Ammonia in mistake for a Stomach Mixture at half past ten last night. His parents tried various remedies but on his going worse they called Dr Fellowes who ordered his removal to the Infirmary. He was taken to the above Institution in the Horse Ambulance by the above Officer & Fireman Duerden where he was detained.
February 16th 1896 7.30 pm Sudden Death PC51 Simeon Illingworth that he received information from William Haywood of 62 Lower Seymour Street, that at 7.10 pm he went to visit William Cook (71) umbrella maker of 2 St James Street and found him laid down on the floor. The officer asked who who (sic) was related to Cook. Mrs Graham (his niece) of 78 Park Road was sent for and Dr Wright was called in by her, and pronounced life extinct stating that the deceased must have been dead all day. He was last seen alive by Mrs Birkby 16 St James Street.
February 23rd 1896 8.20 pm Apprehended John Finney (27) Miner of no fixed residence & charged him with being drunk in Manchester Road.
February 26th 1896 2.10 pm Accident PC51 Illingworth reports that he received information from William Dann (36) Compositor of 117 Sterling Street that on Saturday night at 10.55 pm he accidentally fell against a small wooden partition in the Conservative Club, Crowther Street. Dr Wright of Manchester Road was called in and advised his removal to the Infirmary as he had fractured his ribs. He was conveyed there by the above officer and Fireman Duerden in the Horse Ambulance.
February 29th 1896 3.45 pm I apprehended Frederick Bridgman (37) on warrant charged with assault.
May 19th 1896 Trap Accident PC51 Illingworth reports from information, that at 7.10 pm Fred Brayshaw (19) 832 Manchester Road, was driving up Manchester Road in a light gig, with his mother Emma Brayshaw (43) & Mrs Emma Smith (63) 3 Parsonage Road. When opposite Earl Street the horse slipped & fell throwing the two ladies out. They were taken into the house of G H Bolton Pork Butcher, Manchester Road & Dr Wright of Manchester Road was called in & dressed their injuries. Mrs Smith had her forehead cut on the right side, her right eye blackened & the bones of her nose smashed into pieces & was suffering from shock. Mrs Brayshaw was severely bruised on the left side of her face & her left eye blackened & was also suffering from shock. They were afterwards ("able to" crossed out) taken home in a cab.
October 2nd 1896 4.40 pm Sudden Death PC51 Illingworth reports that he received information from Mrs Wood of 57 Calcutta Street that she went into the house of Miles Swift Cab Driver of 45 Calcutta Street and found his daughter aged 13 days (no name) dead by its mothers side. The mother Anne Swift appeared to be under the influence of drink. No doctor attended.
April 30th 1897 9.5 pm Accident PC51 Simeon Illingworth reports that he received information from William Taylor Faulding aged 9 years son of John Faulding of 5 Hannah Gate that at 8.20 pm he was standing on the edge of the footpath in Manchester Road opposite the Post Office when he was knocked down by a pony and flat spring cart on which were seated two men. He proceed (sic) home when it was found that his forehead had been badly cut. Dr Nicholson's Assistant was called in by the boy's mother & put a couple of stitches in. Name of driver not known as he drove away.
May 1st 1897 10.45 am Waggon Accident PC51 Simeon Illingworth reports that he received information from James Betts waggoner in the employ of C Waud & Co Brittania Mills that about 10.40 am he was proceeding up Manchester Road in charge of a horse & waggon loaded with skeps. When opposite 266 the front axle broke throwing the waggon on the tramway. A waggon was fetched & the goods removed. Tram traffic delayed from 10.40 am to 11.0 am.
May 4th 1897 11.40 am PC51 Illingworth reports he received information from Mrs Booth of 188 Spring Mill Street that at 9.0 am this Inst she found near to her closet a coat & vest, pair of trousers, a cotton shirt, a flannel shirt, body belt, scarf, braces, a sack & some canvas. Forwarded to the Detective Office.
September 20th 1897 6.45 pm Runaway Horse PC51 Simeon Illingworth reports he received information from Robert East 29 Globe Fold Whetley Hill that at 6.30 pm he was coming down Manchester Road in charge of a pony & trap when the pony bolted throwing him & the owner Mr James Hopwood 29 Ash Grove into the road. Both men were severely shaken & slightly cut. The runaway pony afterwards came into contact with a street lamp which it broke in two & badly damaged the trap.
March 19th 1898 Assault on Police PC51 Illingworth states I was off duty & in plain clothes at 8.20 pm in Westgate when I saw PCs Dawson & Baxter bringing two prisoners down Westgate. When opposite the Arcade, I saw the prisoner Dean run past me and deliberately strike PC Dawson on the head with a piece of iron. I at once seized Dean and wrenched the iron from him. He said "I'll kill bloody f***king swine". I then brought him to the Town Hall where he was detained.
Saturday July 2nd 1898 11.20 pm Robert Bentley (37) Vincent Murgatroyd (28) I apprehended the two prisoners and brought them to the Town Hall where I charged them with assaulting one George Bolton with intent to rob him in Nelson Street. Bentley replied "We have been drinking together". Murgatroyd replied "I the one that robbed you". Bentley sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at the Leeds Assizes on July 25/98. Murgatroyd sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at the same time and place.
July 7th 1898 PC51 Illingworth states – I apprehended the Prisoner Robert Bentley on another charge on Saturday July 2nd. On searching him at the Town Hall I found twelve keys in his possession. On Monday July 4th I showed the 12 keys to Mr John Cure and he at once identified 6 of them as their property & said they had been stolen from their office during the night of June 30th 1898. I also examined the office and compared the tools with the marks & found the outer door of the office had been prized open by using the large steel bar. There are four distinct marks. There are five marks on the stand upon which the safe was resting caused with the same tool. The small one had also been used. Two desks were prized open with the small chisel one mark under each lock. All the marks correspond with the tools produced. I received the tools from the witness John Cure on Monday July 4th 1898. On Thursday July 7th 1898 I charged the prisoner with breaking & entering the office at St Stephens Shed between 10.0 pm June 30th and 5.30 am July 1st and stealing an iron Safe, 6 keys, 2/- worth of postage stamps & 12 eggs the property of John Cure 114 New Cross Street. Value £6.12.0 In answer to the above charge he replied Not Guilty.
August 13th 1898 7.10 am Suicide PC 51 Simeon Illingworth reports that he received information from Mrs Romaine 86 Sterling Street that at 6.55 am she went into 143 Sterling Street & there found John Rhodes aged 57 years hanging from a hook in front of the cellar door. She immediately ran for Wm F Rhodes 125 Sterling Street and Alfred Lockwood 149 Sterling Street (Lockwood) at once cut him down. Dr Nicholson of 40 Horton Lane was called in & pronounced life extinct.
August 17th 2.45 pm Stealing a Shirt PC51 Simeon Illingworth states I was on duty in Manchester Road at 2.45 pm when I was called into the Shamrock Hotel & there received into custody Edwin Alexander (61) tailor 11 Adelaide Street. I conveyed him to the Town Hall & there charged him with stealing a shirt the property of James Whilan of 101 Manchester Road. The prisoner replied did not know but what it was my shirt. I live in the lodging house in the same yard. I gave a young man my shirt to wash this morning & I thought that was the one.
September 1st 1898 5.50 pm James Booth (20) 9 Wharfe St Stealing four boxes of cigarettes. The officer states I was on duty in Manchester Road when I received the prisoner into custody. I brought him to the Town Hall where I charged him with stealing four boxes of cigarettes the property of David Smith 534 Manchester Road. He made no reply. Discharged insufficient evidence.
July 13th 1899 12.45 pm PC51 Illingworth reports he received the following information from Mrs Heaton who was staying with her daughter Ann (31) wife of Richard Wood 164 St Stephens Road, reports that about 10.0 am she left her daughter to go an errand. On returning a few minutes later she found her daughter by the slopstone vomiting. Mrs Heaton asked her what she had taken and she replied salts. Mrs Heaton called in a neighbour Mrs Elam 97 Round Street. Mrs Elam asked her what she had been taking & she replied "Salts of Lemon" & expired shortly afterwards. Dr Taylor who had been attending her previously was called in and pronounced life extinct.
September 5th 1899 7.30 am Bicycle Accident PC51 Illingworth reports that at 6.20 am this date I was on duty in Manchester Road when my attention was drawn to a crowd of people, on going there I found Edward Clapham (19) of 5 Baxandall Street suffering from severe injuries to his face & head. He having fallen from his bicycle through the front forks of his machine breaking. The officer took him to the Town Hall on a flat cart and afterwards to the Royal Infirmary in the Horse Ambulance. He was examined by Dr Chapman & detained. Ambulance engaged from 6.30 am to 7.15 am in charge of Fireman Burke.
November 28th 1899 2.30 pm Scaffold Accident PC51 Illingworth reports from information received. He proceeded to Clayton Lane & there found a man named Joshua Newton (55) of 131 Park Side Road who had fallen from a scaffold at the corner of Clayton Lane & Berwick Street. Dr McKenzie Junr was called by his friends & dressed his wounds which were a few slight cuts about the head. He was then able to walk home with the assistance of the above officer & Thomas Gamble of 56 Holme Top Street.
February 12th 1900 7.40 pm Street Accident PC 51 Illingworth reports from information that at 11.30 am this date Lilian Redman (7) of 10 Bank Street Wibsey was playing in Prospect Street when she fell and fractured her thigh. Dr Henderson of High Street Wibsey was called in by her mother and ordered the girl's removal to the Infirmary where she was conveyed in the Horse Ambulance by the above officer and Fireman Wilkinson. Ambulance engaged from 5.40 pm to 7.15 pm.
February 24th 1900 4.0 pm Man found in a Destitute Condition PC51 Illingworth reports that at 3.10 pm this date my attention was drawn by William Page of 23 Brooklyn Street Cleckheaton to Sam Taylor aged 64 years Cooper of Lodging Houses who was in a destitute condition & unable to walk without assistance in Manchester Road, with the assistance of Page I conveyed him to the Town Hall. Dr Lodge was called and after examining him ordered his removal to the Workhouse.
May 9th 1900 Boy bit by a pony PC 51 Illingworth reports that he received information from William Joy (9) of West Lodge Bowling Cemetery. That at about 12.15 pm May 8th he was coming up Springwood Avenue when a light chestnut pony ran after him & bit him slightly on the left arm. The animal belonged to Samuel Dracup 159 Round Street who was cautioned about it.
June 27th 1900 Bicycle Accident PC51 Illingworth reports that at 8.35 pm this date his attention was drawn to a crowd in Birch Lane. On going there he found Alfred Helliwell age 11 years of 17 Clough Street with his right ankle fast between the frame & crank of a bicycle. He having been knocked down by Ernest Roe (13) of 28 Tichborne Road who was riding a bicycle at such a rapid speed down Mark Street that he was unable to turn & collided with the boy. Dr Lister 133 Newton Street was called by the above and attended to him. He said there were no bones broken but his ankle was badly bruised.
July 21st 1900 Indecent Exposure PC51 Illingworth states that at 11.30 pm this date I received into custody from Thomas Nolan a millhand named Albert Puddicombe (35) of Lodging houses. I charged him at Little Horton Police Station "With indecently exposing his person in Ripley Street with intent to insult a female to wit Florence Nunn 8 Thirkhill Street" to which he made no reply. Sentenced July 23.
Friday August 10th 1900 Tram Accident PC51 Illingworth reports from information received that at 10.25 pm this date a woman named Margaret Holdsworth of 4 Lumby Street was crossing Manchester Road between Lumby Street and Ashley Street when she was knocked down by the cow catcher belonging to Tram Engine No 4 Driven by Harry Wilson 2 Carr Street & Car No 1 Conductor Thornton Jagger 1 Norwood Street. She was assisted to her feet by someone who was passing and was able to proceed home apparently non the worse for the Accident. Fred Holroyd 32 Kaye Street witnessed the accident.
Tuesday November 13th 1900 Sudden Death PC51 Illingworth reports from information received from John Ward 2 Fenton Street & William Parkin 17 Tennant Street. That they were following their employment at Messers Ripleys Dyeworks at 6.35 pm this date when John William Mitchell (58) Cloth Finisher of 39 Park Side Road came into the room where they were working and said I will sit down a minute as I have had some pasty for my tea & it seems to lay heavy. He then sat down & died in a few minutes. Dr Taylor 157 Bowling Old Lane was called in by Messers Ripley and pronounced life extinct. The dead body was conveyed to the Mortuary on the Hand Ambulance by the above officer & PC274 Hird. Property 2s 3 ½ d spoon keys penknife and Tobacco Pouch. His daughters were warned by some friends.
Saturday September 28th 1901 Woman injured Grace Robertshaw (51) of 108 Tennant Street reports that at 9.40 pm this date she was quarrelling with her husband Thomas Robertshaw Labourer of the same address, when, as she was afraid of being struck by him, she ran upstairs and whilst attempting to get out of the bedroom window, she fell out into the garden. Dr Taylor was called by the woman's husband and attended to her, and stated she was suffering from slight shock.
Wednesday October 30th 1901 Woman injured PC51 Illingworth reports that he received information from Bridget Hart (55) of 42 Grafton Street, that at 7.35 pm this date she was crossing Park Road in Manchester Road when a milk cart driven by Horace Illingworth aged 13 years of 125 Snake Hill Lane, in turning up Park Road out of Manchester Road the wheel of the cart went over her left foot. The officer took her to Dr Hayes Surgery 254a Manchester Road who attended to it and reported that the bones of the fourth toe were bruised. Dr Hayes was called by a requisition form.
Saturday April 26th 1902 Man Injured PC51 Illingworth reports that at 10.15 pm this date he found in High Street John Henry Thompson (28) Miner of 24 Rushworth Place Mountain Queensbury suffering from an injury to the back caused by falling out of a swing boat in the Feast Ground Southfield Lane. Dr Sturdy of Paternoster Lane was called by the above officer & he ordered his removal to the Royal Infirmary. Thompson was conveyed there in the Horse Ambulance by PC289 Entwistle and Fireman Pudmore. A requisition form was given to the doctor.
Thursday July 17th 1902 Memorandum PC51 Illingworth reports that at 8.15 pm this date he found Mrs Caroline Smith 84 years of age at the corner of Haycliffe Road and Southfield Lane unable to walk, she having fallen & hurt herself a few minutes before. With the assistance of two civilians he carried her to her home 140 Southfield Lane. The neighbours put her to bed and warned her relations.
Sunday December 28th 1902 Man Reported PC51 Illingworth reports Francis Hellewell (30) Farmer of 8 Beldon Hill for keeping a Ferocious Dog at 4.0 pm on Friday December 26th 1903 (sic 1902?)
Wednesday April 8th 1903 Fatal Accident PC51 Illingworth reports that at 6.40 pm this date he received information from Enoch Watmough 46 Greenfield Lane that at 4.25 pm this date he was in Haycliffe Lane watching the men at work on the tip for the new road up Brownroyd Hill when he saw a horse take fright immediately its load was tipped. The driver Joshua Haley (46) Carting Contractor Green End House Upper Green Great Horton caught the horse by its head but it continued plunging& kicking and dragged him several yards. The horse over powered him and the shaft striking him on the side of his face knocked him down and the wheel of the cart which was one of the Corporation Sludge Carts passed over the lower part of his body. Enoch Watmough made all haste to help him but when he got there some men had lifted Haley onto a flat cart & he went with them to Haleys home where Haley died about 5 o'clock a few minutes after arriving there. Dr Morrow assistant to Dr Sinclair 2 Gathorne Street was called in by his friend and pronounced life extinct.
Sunday April 19th 1903 Man Reported PC51 Illingworth reports John Henry Postlethwaite (34) Clark 56 Princeville Road for keeping a Ferocious Dog at 4.30 pm Saturday April 18th 1903.
Wednesday June 10th 1903 Attempted Suicide PC51 Illingworth reports that at 6.30 pm this date he received information from Harry Holt 19 Union Road Manager of Messers T W Bannister & Co Worsted Spinners Cannon Mills Great Horton. That at 1.10 pm this date an employee of the above named firm named Ernest Bower 15 years of age of 5 Grain Street was found hanging in the bottom room of Cannon Mill. He having tied apiece of spindle tape round his throat and also to an overhanging casting of a roving frame. He was found by two of the millhands named Harry Petty 28 Gathorne Street & Willie Bradshaw 25 Frank Street who cut the tape and released it from his throat. Dr Morrow Assistant to Dr Sinclair Gathorne Street was called in by Harry Holt, and stated that the lad had had a very narrow escape of losing his life, and that the youth Bradshaw had shewn a very efficient knowledge of Ambulance Work and had used Artificial Respiration with great success. Bowers mother was sent for, and he had recovered so that he was able to proceed home along with her.
Saturday June 13th 1903 Man Apprehended At 9.45 pm I took Alfred Bond (26) Labourer Scarlett Heights Queensbury into custody & conveyed him to Great Horton Police Station where he was locked up for "being drunk in High Street". Fined 2/6, 5/- costs or 7 days. 15/6/03
Sunday July 12th 1903 Bicycle Accident Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 11.40 pm this date he was proceeding up High Street Great Horton when he saw a woman named Jane Utley (40) Millhand (Widow) who resides with her mother Mary Gill at 40 Thorpe Street and who was riding a bicycle down High Street suddenly fall and was thrown against the iron standard belonging to the Electric Tramways opposite no 26 High Street. He immediately went to her assistance and found that she was in an unconscious state and bleeding from a severe scalp wound. With the assistance of John Waddington 17 Gathorne Street and Leonard Nuttall 260 Southfield Lane he carried her to the surgery of Dr Sinclair 2 Gathorne Street who dressed her wound and who stated she was suffering from a scalp would 2 ½ inches long of the left temple and a slight fracture of the skull in the line of the wound and concussion of the brain and ordered her removal to the Royal Infirmary. Where she was removed in the Horse Ambulance by the above named officer & PC105 Baines and was there detained. Ambulance engaged from 12.25 am to 1.15 am Requisition Form given to the Doctor by officer reporting who also warned her relations. Witnesses John Waddington & Leonard Nuttall. Her bicycle & hat were taken to her home by PC 238 Grayson.
Tuesday July 28th 1903 Woman found wandering of weak intellect PC51 Illingworth reports that at 9.5 pm this date he found wandering in High Street Emily Shackleton 21 years of age, Single Woman of 105 Legrams Lane apparently of weak intellect. He conveyed her to Great Horton Police Station and warned her mother Mary Jane Shackleton of 105 Legrams Lane who came for her and stated she was being attended to by Dr Sinclair of 2 Gathorne Street & who conveyed her home & promised to look after her.
Thursday September 11th 1903 Attempted Suicide PC51 Illingworth reports that at 10.35 pm this date he received information from Mrs Ellen Fawcett 55 St Margarets Road that about 6.10 pm this date James Herman Ibbitson (41) Commercial Traveller 53 St Margarets Road called out to her. On going to see what he wanted she found him laid on the floor unable to speak. She called in some neighbours and sent for Dr Baldwin of 108 Legrams Lane who attended to him and stated he was suffering from taking an acid irritant poison and that his life was in danger. Dr Baldwin attended to him from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm when the man had recovered sufficiently to allow him to be removed to the Royal Infirmary. The Horse Ambulance was telephoned for from Great Horton Police Station and he was removed in it to the Royal Infirmary by the officer reporting and PC105 Baines and was detained there. Ambulance engaged from 11.45 pm to 12.30 am. James Herman Ibbitson died Sept 19th Inquest held on Sept 20th Verdict Suicide during Temporary Insanity.
October 19th 1903 Man Injured PC51 Illingworth reports that he received information from Wilfred Hardy 32 Town End that at about 7.0 pm this date on his arrival home he found his father Squire Hardy 78 years of age suffering from an injury to his right thigh he having fallen down the stairs at about 3.0 pm this date. Dr Sturdy of Paternoster Lane was called in by the son and said the mans thigh was broken and ordered his removal to the Royal Infirmary where he was taken in the Horse Ambulance by the above named officer & PC105 Baines and was there detained. Ambulance engaged from 11.30 pm to 12.30 pm. No expense incurred by the Police.
November 9th 1903 PC 51 Illingworth states that he served the Leaflet no 28 Anthrax issued by the Board of Agriculture on the following farmers Calvin Midgley Hollinwood Lane at 11.0 am on Charles Henry Bentley Elm Cottage at 11.10 am on Ben Jowett Underhill Farm at 11.15 am on John Sugden Ledges Beck at 11.30 am.
November 10th 1903 Man Reported PC51 Illingworth reports Joseph Holdsworth (22) Mechanic of 40 Upper Green for keeping a ferocious dog at 2.30 pm Tuesday November 10th. Also for keeping the same without a licence. The dog having bit Isaac Kennedy of Medleys Lodging House Bolton road.
November 11th 1903 PC51 Illingworth states that he served the Leaflet no 28 on Anthrax issued by the Board of Agriculture on the following farmers William Gaunt Beckside Farm 10.40 am James Clapham Scholemoor Farm 10.50 am CH Dixon North Park House 11.0 am James Pearson Birks Farm 11.10 am Henry Broadbent Birks Farm 11.15 am MH Rhodes Sams Mill 11.30 am.
November 13th 1903 Private Medical Case PC51 Illingworth reports that at 10.25 am this date he went with PC 253 Barrett who was in charge of the Horse Ambulance to no 9 Anne Street Great Horton and removed George Arthur Wood (17) son of William Wood of the above address to the Nursing Home Eldon Place. Private Medical Case Ambulance paid for at the same time to PC 253 Barrett. Ambulance engaged from 10.5 am to 11.35 am.
November 16th 1903 Served the following with Leaflet no 28 on Anthrax John Denton Horton Villa 9.25 am Phillip S Wright Laisteridge Lane 9.30 am.
Friday February 5th 1904 Report re Gas Lamps Out Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 4.30 am this date he noticed that the lights in the Public Gas Lamps in High Street above Frank Street were lower than those below Frank Street and on returning to the Police Station at 5.40 am he found that all the lights in the Police Station and in the Streets had gone out. Word was telephoned to Mill Street Gasworks and they promised to attend to it at once.
Thursday July 7th 1904 Man ill. Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 6.45 pm this date he found George Thomas Firth (28) postman of 41 Ingleby Street ill in Laisteridge Lane bleeding from the nose. He took him to a house close by and bathed his neck & face with cold water and the bleeding gradually ceased. The Postman felt weak and unable to deliver his letters but was able to proceed home by himself. The officer reporting conveyed his bag & letters to the General Post Office and delivered them at 7.25 pm this date to Inspector Green at the Post Office. No expense incurred by the Police.
Saturday July 23rd 1904 Lead Stolen At 10.10 pm 22nd inst I received information that some lead had been taken from the roof of Cliffe Mills Bartle Lane. I at once went there & searched the mills for over 2 hours and at 12.20 am this date I found Arthur Thornton (18) Joiner of 22 Daisy Street crouched in a gutter of a glass roof. I said I would get a rope so that I could fetch him up & he said I need not bother as he would climb up to where I was standing. PC289 Entwistle took him into custody & afterwards apprehended Harry Jowett (16) Dyers Labourer of 35 Collins Street for the same offence. Sentenced at the City Court on July 23rd Arthur Thornton to 1 month with Hard Labour Harry Jowett 5/- & 20/- costs or 14 days.
Saturday July 30th 1904 Attempted Suicide Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 11.30 pm this date he received information from Annie Blackburn that at 8 pm this date on returning home she found her mother Jane Blackburn (53) wife of William Blackburn Dyers Labourer of 7 Hunt Yard laid on the sofa asleep. She found a bottle on the table which had contained Laudanum. She tried to waken her mother but could not do so. She sent for Dr Dunsmore of 165 High Street who attended to her mother and afterwards ordered her removal to the Royal Infirmary where she was conveyed in the Horse Ambulance by the officer reporting & PC253 Barrett and was there detained. Ambulance engaged from 11.25 pm to 12.15 am. No expense incurred by the Police.
Monday August 1st 1904 At 10.20 pm this date was called to 5 Daisy Street as John Kelly who resides there had been acting in a strange manner. I saw Kelly & he said that there was going to be no bother there. He went upstairs but his daughter Alice was so frightened of him that she slid down the fall pipe from the bedroom window. I stayed about for a few minutes but all was quiet.
Tuesday August 28th 1904 Charged Jane Blackburn of 7 Hunt Yard with attempting to commit suicide on Saturday July 30th 1904. She made no reply. Remanded to Wednesday August 3rd 04. Remanded to August 10th 1904 & was discharged for her sister from Grimsby to take charge of her.
Saturday August 27th 1904 Man Reported PC51 Illingworth reports Ezra Waddington (34) Grocer of 48 Waverley for keeping a ferocious dog. It having bitten Doris Dracup (6) of 61 Waverley Road at 7 pm Thursday August 25th 1904.
Thursday September 13th 1904 Man Apprehended PC51 Illingworth apprehended Arthur Long (26) Warehouseman 33 Arthington Street & charged him with being Drunk in High Street at 1.0 am. Fined 1/- & 5/- costs 7 days Gaol 2.45 pm Sept 13th 04.
Tuesday September 18th 1904 Apprehended Alfred Bond (27) Labourer Lodging houses for being Drunk in High Street at 11.40 pm Fined 5/- & 5/- costs 7 days Gaol 2.20 pm Sept 19th 1904.
Saturday October 8th 1904 Bicycle Accident Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 4.55 pm from information received he proceeded to the Butchers Arms Great Horton and in the kitchen he saw Richard Dobson Ashley 28 years of age Tailor of 21 Norman Terrace Eccleshill who was bleeding from wounds in the head and was in an unconscious condition. The officer reporting at once sent for Dr Sinclair of 2 Gathorne Street who attended and bandaged his head and stated he was suffering from concussion of the brain and ordered his removal to the Bradford Royal Infirmary. He was taken there in the Horse Ambulance which was in charge of PC105 Baines and was there detained. The accident occurred at 4.50 pm by the man trying to avoid running over a school girl named Annie Booth 9 years of age of 5 Bakes Street who was running across High Street near to Cross Lane and who suddenly stopped as the man was turning to pass her. She was knocked down but escaped injury whilst the man was thrown from his bicycle against an iron tramway standard receiving injuries to his head. Witnesses Ada Wilkinson 92 Halifax Road Buttershaw and Alice Dawson 59 Kingswood Street Great Horton. Requisition Form given to the Doctor by the officer reporting who also warned the injured mans relations and his brother Alfred P Ashley of 13 Summerseat Place took charge of his bicycle at 10.30 pm this date. Ambulance engaged from 5.25 pm to 6.15 pm. Inquest 11/10/04 Verdict Accidental Death Died 10.30 am Sunday October 9th 1904.
Thursday December 22nd 1904 Private Medical Case Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 4.50 pm this date he went with the Horse Ambulance which was in charge of PC270 Jackman and which had been ordered by Mrs Arthur Priestman, Manningham Lodge, Toller Lane to 8 Perseverance Lane Great Horton, and conveyed Sarah Ann Lancaster 64 years of age widow who resides with her niece, the wife of Joe Bradley at the above address to the Bradford Royal Infirmary re Private Medical Case. Ambulance engaged from 4.30 pm to 5.45 pm.
Saturday December 24th 1904 Man fallen in the Street Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 8.25 pm this date his attention was drawn to William Watkins 62 years of age of 28 Howard Street who had fallen at the corner of Clive Terrace and Horton Grange Road and had stunned himself. As the man was partly paralysed and unable to walk to his home without assistance he assisted him to his home and left him in charge of his friends.
Thursday December 29th 1904 Man Apprehended Act Sergt Illingworth apprehended Herbert Metcalf (20) bobbin turner 46 Woodlands Rd for being drunk in Beckside Road 5/- & 5/- or 7 days Gaol 2.30 pm 30th.
Sunday Jan 15th 1905 On working around Upper Green at 2.55 am this date I found the lights burning and some persons talking in the Working Mens Club. A few minutes afterwards I saw a number of tramway men coming away from the direction of the Club.
Sunday February 26th 05 At 9.10 pm this date was called to 22 Halton Place as a man had broken the kitchen window. On going there I found that the man Mr Bates was the husband of the woman who lived there. They had been parted a few days and the women did not desire any proceedings to be taken.
Saturday April 8th 1905 At 4.35 pm I visited Park Avenue Football Ground Refreshment Bar in company with Insp Perry and found all right.
Tuesday April 11th 1905 Woman ill. Act Sergt Illingworth reports that at 4.5 pm this date he found Ann Stansfield (67) Inmate of the Clayton Workhouse laid on the road near to Horton Bank Top Tramshed. He assisted her onto her feet and found that although she had a walking stick she was unable to walk without assistance. He assisted her to the Workhouse where she was detained. No expense incurred by the Police.
Thursday May 25th 1905 At 9.25 pm this date I cautioned Harry Pollard 38 Crossley Street to keep his fox terrier under control as it had torn the trousers of George C Reid of 1 Rugby Place and he promised to do so.
Thursday July 27th 1905 Private Medical Case At 10.40 am this date I went with the Horse Ambulance which was in charge of PC327 Holliday to 7 Southfield Lane and conveyed Sam Robinson (25) son of Louis Robinson of the above address to the Bradford Royal Infirmary. Received 5/- for use of Ambulance which was engaged from 10.25 am to 11.15 am.
Saturday August 5th 1905 George Sutton (45) Tanner Hill Cottage Hollingwood Lane At 8.5 pm Saturday Aug 5th I was on duty in Hollingwood Lane when I saw the prisoner laid helplessly drunk on the road. I lifted him onto his feet and found he was unable to walk without assistance. I conveyed him to Great Horton Police Station where he was locked up. Fined 10/- 5/- cost or 10 days on August 7th 1905. Paid at 10.15 am Aug 7th.
September 20th 1905 Wednesday At 8.15 pm Wednesday Sept 20th I was on duty in Laisteridge Lane when a small sable & white collie bitch snapped at my leg and slightly tore my trousers. I followed it home and found that it belonged to John Cartwright (55) French Polisher of 1 Rothesay Terrace who produced a licence dated 8th February 1905. He said the dog was a very quiet one but it did not like people in uniform but he had not know(n) it attempt to bite anyone before.
Saturday September 30th 1905 At about 9.15 pm Saturday September 30th I apprehended Harry Bottomley (22) Labourer of 59 Grantham Road in the Boars Head Hotel Manchester Road and conveyed him to Little Horton Police Station where I charged him with stealing an overcoat the value of 25/- the property of Walter Denner of 2 Cowper Place between 7 pm & 7.45 pm Saturday September 30th. He made no reply. He was then locked up. Fined 5/- 24/- costs October 2nd 1905.
Wednesday October 4th 1905 Man Reported PC51 Illingworth reports Alfred Crabtree 51 years Mechanic of 12 Jennings Place Great Horton for keeping a ferocious dog at 9.25 am Monday Oct 2nd 05. Cautioned by the CC.
Wednesday November 15th 1905 At 1.50 pm this date I went with the Horse Ambulance which was in charge of PC253 Barrett to 3 Cooper Lane and conveyed William Lawson 59 years of age to the Clayton Workhouse. I received 5/- from Thomas Hughes Relieving Officer Low Moor for the use of the Horse Ambulance which was engaged from 1.35 pm to 4.0 pm.
Saturday November 25th 1905 At 9.45 pm this date I saw Jane Neeson ( writing not clear) of 3 Haycliffe Hill 63 years of age who was in the company of her niece Sarah Benn of 8 Haycliffe Hill crack a plate glass window at 182 High Street belonging to Seth Barraclough by falling against it. Her niece said she would pay for the damage done.
Friday March 30th 1906 Accident Sergt Illingworth reports that at 11.0 am this date his attention was drawn to William Dewhirst Metal Broker of 209 Bowling Back Lane Bradford who had been thrown out of his cart whilst proceeding along Huddersfield Road towards Low Moor owing to the off side wheel coming off suddenly. He at once went to Dewhirsts assistance and found that he had only sustained a few slight cuts & bruises and his clothing torn. No one else injured & no other damage done. Dewhirst was able to proceed on his journey without any further assistance. No expense incurred by the Police.
June 27th 1906 Wilful Murder William Ashmore of Ladmanlow Buxton Derbyshire wanted on warrant. Patrick Lyons a Paddy Lyons, Clynes and Lynch, a Navvy 23 or 24 years, 5' 10" or 11 high, broad set, very square shoulders, dark eyes, fresh complexion, large round face, dark hair inclined to be curly, slight dark tache, dark thick eyebrows which meet in centre has a good set of teeth. Dressed in Dark Jacket much worn, dirty cord vest & trousers, heavy nailed boots, silk muffler.
11 pm Saturday Sept 22nd 1906 Passing Counterfeit Coin Sergt Illingworth reports that at 11 pm this date he received information from Edith Seed wife of Ben Seed 2 Market Street Wibsey that at about 8.30 pm this date a man came into their shop & bought half a pound of pears and put a shilling on the counter. She gave him the pears and 10 ½ d change and immediately after he had gone she found that the shilling was a counterfeit one. Description of man between 25 or 35 years of age 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, medium build, sallow complexion, thick brown moustache which is turned up at the end, grey check jacket black felt hat appears well dressed. A man of the same description obtained 10 ½ d and ½ oz of tobacco by means of a similar counterfeit shilling from Ann Fletcher 46 Tennyson Road Wibsey between 7.30 pm & 8 pm on Thursday Sept 20th and attempted to do so from Jonas Lightowler 93 High Street Wibsey between 8 & 9 pm on Thursday September 20th 1906. The shilling which Mrs Seed received was marked in her presence on the head side with a hole near the chin and one immediately behind the neck and a snip cut out of the edge between the words Britannia and Reg. The shilling which Mrs Fletcher received was marked in her presence on the head side with 3 small holes immediately in front of the nose & forehead and 2 snips on the edge one between the words Victoria and Dei and one between Die and Gratia.
March 6th 1907 Sergt Illingworth reports that at 12.45 am this date he noticed that the light in a chicken rearer in the shop window of Walter Gray 928 Manchester Road was larger than it should be. He called Walter Gray who attended to it and found that the petroleum lamp had overheated & was on fire and had suffocated several chickens.
Monday April 8th 1907 At 5.20 pm I visited the premises of W E Jacksons to see some pigs but found the pig sty empty. I asked his brother Hubert where they were kept. He told me that they had been sold last week end to a man named Walter Shackleton who lives at the bottom end of Thornton.
Tuesday April 9th 1907 I saw William Edward Jackson at 11.25 am and asked him why he had removed his pigs when he had not had them on the premises 28 days. He replied that he had had some of the pigs 2 or 3 months. I asked him when he removed them & he said About Monday. I then said to him How is it that your brother says they were removed on Saturday & you say Monday. He replied I have been away this week end & for aught I know they were all right. I asked him where they had gone to & he refused to tell me saying you must find out if you can. I told him I should report him for removing 12 pigs which he had not kept 28 days on his premises.
Wednesday April 17th 1907 At 7 pm I saw Sam Bowker at 38 Gale Street & asked him how many dogs he kept. He replied two Airedales a bitch & a dog. He produced a licence Jan 14th 1907 no 689 issued at Princeville Post Office. I asked him if he had another licence & he replied No I have been trying to sell the dog which I bred & is about 10 or 11 months old but have not been able to sell it yet. I told him I should report him for keeping two dogs with one licence.
Friday April 19th 1907 I received information from Charles Crowther Miner 10 Pearson Fold Wilson Rd Wyke that at about 7 pm this date his son Dan (9) Schoolboy was playing in the grounds belonging to James & MS Sharpes Dyeworks Wilson Road when he fell into the dam. Frank Ormandroyd Engine Tenter 13 Pearson Fold dived in but could not find him. A raft was got & a long pole and three quarters of an hour elapsed before the boy was got out. He was carried to his home and artificial respiration was tried until 9.30 pm when Dr Robinson JP Carr Lane Low Moor arrived. He pronounced life extinct. Requisition form given to the Doctor.
Friday May 3rd 1907 At 6.40 pm this date I saw Sam Bowker at 38 Gale Street. I asked him if he had got the same two dogs that he had on April 17th. He replied "yes". I asked to see them & he took me to his allotment at the rear of Princeville Street and showed me two Airedales, a bitch & a dog about 11 months old. I asked to see his licences & he produced two one No 698 dated January 14th 1907 & one No 752 dated April 22nd 1907 both issued at Princeville Post Office.
Tuesday June 25th 1907 At 12 noon I received information that a woman had been got out of the top lake of Harold Park. I at once proceeded there with the Hand Ambulance and removed Polly Hartley (34) single woman of 636 Manchester Road to Low Moor Police Station. She had been found in the lake clinging to some overhanging branches at 11.45 am by Henry Tommis of 4 Carr Lane Low Moor who went into the water and pulled her onto the bank. She was wrapped in dry clothes and conveyed to the Royal Infirmary in the Horse Ambulance in charge of PC113 Dyson accompanied by PC210 Dawson, and was there detained. Ambulance engaged from 12.30 pm to 2.10 pm. Property 3/7 ½ & purse. No expense incurred by the Police.
Thursday June 27th 1907 At 10.15 am this date I cautioned Milley Ough (Polly) Hartley and then charged her with attempting to commit suicide by means of drowning on Tuesday June 25th 1907. She made no reply. Discharged in care of her sister.
Thursday July 4th 1907 At 5.15 pm this date I received information from Annie Pickles of 12 Copthorne Road that at 2.50 pm this date she found hanging by a woollen scarf from a hook in the beam in the roof of the attic at the above address Annie Wilkinson 45 years of age single woman Confectioner of 1 Hawthorn Road Manor Road Leavenshulme Manchester who had been staying at the above address for the last month owing to ill health. She immediately cut her down and called Dr McKee of 6 Cecil Avenue under whose care she had been for the last month and who attended & reported life extinct. She was last seen alive by Annie Pickles at 1.15 pm this date. The body was laid out by Mary Jane Renton of 7 Copthorne Street. In my opinion Death is due to self inflicted strangulation.
Monday August 26th 1907 At 9 pm this date William Richardson 8 Prospect Terrace Trooper Lane Southowram called to see if we knew the address of a militia man named Stead as his daughter Helena aged 15 ½ had been in his company on Sunday evening and had not since returned home. At 9.55 pm same date PC109 Deboo met Helena Richardson in company with Willie Stead 18 years of age, K Company & no 8802, 3rd battalion West Riding Regiment stationed at Halifax & residing with his brother Arthur at 8 Sargent Square Low Moor and accompanied them to Low Moor Police Station. I asked the girl what she had been doing with Willie Stead all night & she replied that they had done nothing wrong. I asked her why she had not gone home on Sunday night & she said she had not noticed the time until it was eleven oclock & she dare not then go home as she was afraid that her mother would thrash her. I asked her where she had slept and she said she had not been asleep all night. I asked her where Stead had slept & she said on a lovers seat in a narrow dark lane. I then said to her do you mean to tell me that you were out all night with a soldier and that he did not do anything to you. She replied Oh I did not know you meant that. I then said tell me the exact truth what Willie Stead has done to you. She said he had put his hands up her clothes and laid on her and did what he ought not to have done. I asked her why she had allowed him to do so to her when she was as big as he was & she replied that he was a lot stronger than she was & he had made her. I asked her how often he had done so to her during the night & she replied twice, once in a field & once on a lovers seat in a narrow dark lane. I asked her where those places where & she replied that she did not know but that she would know the places again if she were to see them. At 10.45 pm she was handed over to her father who was told to have her examined by a doctor & to take out a warrant if thought necessary.
September 30th 1907 At 7.45 pm Monday Sept 30th I apprehended Sarah Pounter (Possibly Pointer?) (58) married woman in Hutton Road. I conveyed her to Little Horton Police Station where she was locked up. Fined 2/- & 5/- costs Oct 1st 07.
October 6th 1907 Sunday Fire Sergt Illingworth reports that at 11.5 pm this date he received information from Susannah Kellet of 3 Wroe Terrace Wyke that at about 11 pm this date the window curtains in the front room were accidentally set on fire by her son John Wm Kellet who was carrying a lighted taper. The burning curtains were thrown out of the window also the hearth rug which was set on fire and drenched with water. No one injured. Damage trifling.
Sunday October 20th 1907 Sergt Illingworth reports that at 12.40 am this date he received information from Elizabeth Ann Tiplady 529 Huddersfield Road Wyke that at 4 pm Saturday October 19th her son Harold Baines Tiplady (21) Traveller was brought home in the Hipperholme Horse Ambulance in an unconscious condition. He having been thrown out of a 2 wheeled trap which he was driving near Field Bottom Farm Shelf in company with another man name & address not known. They were taken to the above named farm which is occupied by Mr Reed & Dr Thompson of Shelf was called and stitched the wound in Tiplady's head and ordered his removal home where he died at 6.45 pm Saturday October 19th. The other man was able to proceed to his home.
Wednesday Nov 20th 1907 Runaway Horse At 10.50 pm this date I received information from George Stead Milk Dealer of 95 Parkinson Lane Halifax that at 9.50 pm this date he was driving a horse & flat cart along Sticker Lane near to Parry Lane when the backband broke and the shafts falling frightened the horse which bolted and dragged him about 50 years when he was obliged to let it go. It galloped without the cart the harness having broken along Rooley Lane to Bankfoot where it collided with a Corporation watchmans box and fell amongst some road repairing materials. Some bystanders caught the horse & took it to the Red Lion Stables. It was slightly cut on the near foreleg & near hindleg & was taken by Stead to its owner Horace Alderson Milk Dealer 34 Timber Street Halifax.
Tuesday December 24th 1907 House Fire At 6.45 pm received information from James Bateman Briggs Banks Royd Huddersfield Road Wyke that at 6 pm this date he found that the joists in the dining room were on fire. At 6.5 pm he telephoned from the office of Wilson Sons & Co Pickle Bridge Dyeworks Wyke to the Fire Station. Station Officer Marlton with a compliment of men attended with the Combination Chemical Engine from Odsal Fire Station and soon put the fire out. Damage trifling. The property which belongs to C H Briggs Westfield House Wyke is insured.
Friday December 27th 1907 Girl Burnt At 4.50 pm this date I received information from Alice Haigh wife of Albert Haigh 49 Sowden Street that at about 4.30 pm Friday December 27th she left May Haigh (6) Schoolgirl adopted daughter of Arthur Haigh of 7 Waverley Avenue at the above address whilst she went an errand. During her absence the girl attempted to lift the kettle off the fire and in so doing her pinafore caught fire. The girl then ran into the next door no 47 Sowden Street and Mrs Busfield of that address extinguished the flames by rolling a rug over her. The girl had extensive burns on both hands, arms, neck, face & head. Mrs Busfield dressed the burns with carron oil. The Horse Ambulance was telephoned for and attended in charge of PC113 Dyson & I accompanied the girl to the Royal Infirmary where she was examined by Dr Thomson and was there detained. No expense incurred by the Police Ambulance engaged from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Wanted for Wilful Murder at about Midnight Dec 31st 07 A man name unknown a foreigner, 30 to 36 years old, about 5' 6" high, black hair, fairly heavy black tache, piercing black eyes, good teeth show plainly when speaking, broad shouldered and athletic build. Dressed in brown meahere (mohair?) Suit, light green cap, dark green striped. The record mark – J W & Co – Denton & London the Homburg is stamped in gilt letters on the string (?) which he left behind, collar, tie & boots (brown?). Had a diamond pin in his tie, a diamond ring on the little finger of left hand and was wearing a gold guard.
Reported PC42 Wood for Neglect of Duty from 3 am to 3.30 am Monday October 28th 07. Constables explanation accepted by the Chief Constable.
Thursday April 2nd 1908 Re Raid on Gaming School At 3.55 pm I caught in Odsal Wood Arthur Charnock (60) Labourer California Road Mountain Queensbury.
Monday 8th June 1908 Motor Cycle Accident Sergt Illingworth reports that at 12 noon this date he received information from Harry Marsden 52 years of age Teamer of 38 Hastings Avenue who stated that at about 8.30 pm this date he was crossing Manchester Road near to the end of Rooley Lane when a Motor Cycle no AK 831 which was being driven up Manchester Road by J Kellet 112 Carrington Street Bradford Moor was turning into Rooley Lane. Marsden stepped back to allow the Motor Cycle to pass when the cyclist turned the machine in the same direction knocking Marsden down injuring the left leg near the ankle. Marsden was conveyed home on a flat cart & Dr Stevenson 733 Manchester Road was called by his friends and attended to his injuries which consisted of a lacerated wound on the left leg exposing the bone also a bruise over outer ankle. The cyclist assisted the injured man & promised to pay the Doctor. Witnesses Charles Hardy 4 Carr Street Manchester Road Herbert Lindley 67 Draughton Street.
Friday August 7th 1908 Accident At 8.20 pm this date I proceeded to Halifax Road Wibsey near to Hill Stones & there found William Henry Shaw (46) Holmes Street Westgate Bradford a driver in the employ of George Pickersgill Carrier Cheapside Bradford who stated that at 8.15 pm this date he was driving a horse and waggon along Halifax Road towards Bradford when he touched the horse with the reins. The horse kicked out and as he was riding on the waggon it struck him on the right leg below the knee causing a compound fracture. He got off the waggon but was unable to stand. A telephone message was sent from Odsal Fire Station for the Horse Ambulance. Harry Woodhead 38 Slack ("Road" crossed out) Top Wibsey
a member of the North Bierley Division of the St Johns Ambulance Association rendered first aid. The injured man was conveyed to the Royal Infirmary in the Horse Ambulance which was in charge of PC233 Barett & PC271 Gill and was there detained. Ambulance engaged from 8.30 pm to 10 pm. No one saw the accident occur. The horse and waggon were taken charge of by the Police and handed over to another employee of Pickergills. No doctor called. No expense incurred by the Police.
Tuesday October 6th 1908 Man injured Sergt Illingworth reports that at 10.45 pm this date he proceeded to the Fair Ground Wibsey and there found Sydney Lewis (27) Stallkeeper at present lodging in Harris Street Bfd bleeding from a wound at the back of his head which he stated had been caused by falling against a piece of iron which was used to fasten his stall to the ground. The bleeding was stopped by tying a handkerchief lightly over the wound. Lewis was able to remove his stall without any further attention. No doctor was called. No expense incurred by the Police. Witnesses Mrs Moorin (?) 21 Parkside Road, John Greenough 1 Palm Close Wibsey. Alfred Hill assisted with the stall.
Thursday October 8th 1908 Boy Injured Sergt Illingworth reports that at 7.45 pm this date he found Martin McNicholas (5) Schoolboy son of Michael McNicholas of 46 Cotewall Road suffering from an injury to his right foot. He stated that he had been riding on an empty waggon which was proceeding up Manchester Road and was jumping off the side of the waggon when the rear wheel passed over this left foot. I carried the boy to his home and called Dr Lister of 133 Newton Street by requisition form who attended and stated there were slight abrasions on the boys toes but that there were no bones broken. The boy was left in charge of his parents. Witness Mrs Morris 94 Aberdeen Place, Driver James Howard 74 Tichbourne Rd.
Saturday December 27th 1908 2.20 am At 2 am Sunday Dec 27th I apprehended Robert Binns at 15 St James Square. I conveyed him to Little Horton Police Station. I cautioned him & then charged him with unlawfully wounding one James O'Hara with intent to do him grevious bodily harm at 11.10 pm Saturday Dec 26th 08. He replied I do not know James O'Hara, where does he live. I replied at 13 St James Square. He then said ...