Newark Advertiser (1870)
THE TAR BARREL NUISANCE
9th Nov.1870, No.618, p.4b
Source states: "On the evening of the
1st November the usual practice of kicking lighted tar
barrels through the streets was commenced in various
parts of the town in celebration of the municipal elections.
Mr. Supt. Liddell and his men had an unpleasant
time of it, but they kept their temper admirably,
considering the great provocation they received in various
parts of the town. They seized six tar barrels, and in
several instances the mob resorted to the cowardly and
dangerous practice of throwing stones at the officers. One
policeman took a barrel from a lot of valiant fellows near
the gaol, and was afterwards pelted with mud. P.c.
Wragg was severely struck by a stone, and another officer
was also hurt. Great credit is due to the force for the
way in which they acted. It seems that the repeated
notices which have been given are insufficient as a caution,
but probably a more effectual course would be for the
magistrates to send one or two of the ringleaders to prison
without the option of paying a fine, as they have full
power to do."
Newark, Notts. (SK7953)
1st November; Tar Barrels; Police; Suppression
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00595
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