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Constable killed in pub brawl with prize fighters.
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 09:45:01 »
Sept 8th 1844
    Those who enforce the law in the town of Dover are searching for the cold-blooded villain who killed a constable during a brawl in a public house yesterday.
   The incident followed an open-air prize fight which had been cancelled due to heavy rain. Supporters and contestants alike retreated to the pub, consumed a great deal of alcohol and began to squabble violently.
   Two constables from Dover arrived on the scene, found themselves hopelessly outnumbered and sent for reinforcements.
   Among the pub customers was Canterbury chimney sweep James Clark and his 5 sons who were all prizefighters. The belligerent sons, spoiling for a real contest, turned on the officers. One of them, Thomas Clark, grabbed a broom handle and struck one of the constables so violently that he staggered across the pub floor, collapsed and died within seconds.
   The furious struggle continued but eventually James Clark and four of his sons were arrested. Thomas, the man who struck the fatal blow escaped. It is hoped that he will be found in time to appear at the Maidstone Assizes in November.
     Kent 1800-1899 by Bob Ogley.

   Checking this out I found the constable was Samuel Couchman who left a widow and two children. The pub was the Admiral Harvey, and all prisoners were acquitted.

 

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