AND DISTRICT PETTY SESSIONS.
Brierley Hill - Thursday.
(Before I. Spooner Esq., Stipendiary)
"A DRUNKEN SOT LYING DOWN ACROSS THE RAILWAY:- A
drunkard named Ashcroft, was charged by Joseph Cox, a signal man, with
lying across the rails and trespassing on the line at Brierley Hill. The
complainant said the found the prisoner lying drunk across the rails,
and when a train was due. He pulled the witness by the coat, struck him,
and was very abusive. The prisoner, in reply to the bench, said he did
not recollect anything about it. The magistrate told him he was liable
to a conviction for obstructing the railway. He should fine him 10s. and
costs, or go to prison. FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE RAILWAY STATION:- An inquest
was held on Thursday last, by Mr. B. Robinson, at the Scarecens Head Hotel,
on view of the body of John Hill. The evidence of Mr. John Wood, superintendent
of the permanent way (Great Western), was to the effect that the deceased
passed over the points at about one o'clock and was not again seen alive.
His body was found frightfully mangled underneath an engine at about two
o'clock. - James Clewett an engine driver, stated that he saw the deceased
in the 'six foot', as he was about taking out the 2-30 train for Stourbridge.
He took his engine out, and the stoker, directed his attention to the
body of the deceased, who was lying dead under the engine. - George Badger
Stoker, stoker of the engine, deposed to finding the body of the deceased
at the turning of the points. The witness stated that the engine driver
gave the usual signal by whistling before leaving the shed. - The jury
returned a verdict of 'Accidental Death'."