NEWS TRANSCRIPTS 1860's (listed in date order)
a succession of dots ...... after an article, denotes more detail.

IW Observer 05/01/1861 - County Petty Sessions - Saturday
Alfred F.Gamblen and Edwin R.Gamblen were charged with violently assaulting their brother-in-law, Mark Lancey Cole, at West Cowes, with intent to do him some bodily injury, who being too ill to attend, the case was adjourned to Saturday next, the prisoners were liberated on bail.

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IW Observer 05/01/1861 - County Petty Sessions - Saturday
William Robert Fletcher, a mariner , was charged with stealing two elephant's tusks.  Hans Peter Teeves, master of the schooner "Isabel", from whence to tusks were taken, applied for an adjournment to adduce more evidence, which was accordingly acceeded to and the case will be heard at Cowes on Monday next.

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IW Observer 19/03/1861 - Borough Petty Sessions - Monday
Frank Collins of Cosham street, a lad nine years of age, was charged with begging in the streets of the town and was apprehended on the 2nd inst., by PC Gray:    He was repremanded and discharged.

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IW Observer 19/03/1861 - County Petty Sessions - Saturday
William Cole of Cowes, (who had not received the summons, being at Winchester) was charged with assaulting his son, James Cole:    Adjourned to next Saturday.

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IW Observer 19/03/1861 - County Petty Sessions - Saturday
John Thomas Gells, painter, residing in West Cowes, was charged with deserting from the Hants Militia Infantry, the prisoner denied ever belonging to the army and that he was unfit for service, he had tried to enter but was refused:   Adjourned until the following Monday at Cowes for further evidence.

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IW Observer 19/03/1861 - County Petty Sessions - Saturday
William Beck appeared to answer two summonses from John Bannister and Charles Fellows for a days pay of 3s.6d. each.  The defendant, by the direction of the owner John Temple, of "William the 4th" trading vessel, engaged two men, the plaintiffs, to take spars from the store on board.  He first met with Bannister about half-past 8 on Thursday morning and agreed with him to bring another man at 3s.6d. the day.  They went to work and left off at 6, when the owner offered them 2s.7d. each, deducting a quarter of a day.  The dispute arose from a misapprehension on both sides.  The owner considering from half-past 8 to 6 but three-quarters of a day, the same as his seamen are paid - but Bannister said he was entitled to 3s.6d. which they were each to have for that days work:
The Bench gave this case in favour of the plaintiffs and informed the defendant to be more particular in his engagements in future.

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IW Observer 19/03/1861 - Crown Court - Saturday
Joseph Diagree, William Bartlett and John Harris were convicted of a burglary at Portsea.
These prisoners were young soldiers.  Such an exhibition was never seen in a court of justice.  The prisoners throughout the trial conducted themselves in the most extraordinary and indecent manner, making use of the very worst language, abusing the witnesses and calling upon the jury to find them guilty and telling the judge they would visit him if he did not give them 21 years.  They then threw their caps at the judge and it was with the greatest difficulty they were removed from the dock.  Diagree and Harris, having been before convicted of felony, were sentenced to seven years penal servitude and Bartlett to 18 months imprisonment.  They said they would not go away with such a sentence: they would murder the first person they could get hold of and they would come back and have the judges life.

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IW Observer 04/05/1861 - County Petty Sessions
George Pocock,
of Bembridge, bricklayer, was charged with having various tubs of contraband spirits on his premises. Lieut Wilson, of the Coastguard station at Bembridge, being apprised on the evening of the 4th April of something amiss at the prisoner's, went there ......

IW Times 26/03/1863 - West Cowes - Fatal Occurrence

We regret to find from a telegram received yesterday, that Mr Brown, master of the collier "Samson" of Cowes, was drowned whilst off Eastbourne.  How the affair happened, we are not informed.  The unfortunate man leaves a wife, just waiting her confinement and great sympathy is felt for her in all quarters, this sympathy we trust will not evaporate in mere words, as she is left destitute.

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IW Times 07/05/1863 - Count Petty Sessions
The case of Charles Lowe, grocer, Sandown, who was convicted on the previous Saturday in the sum of 5pounds and 7s.6d. costs, for selling beer on his premises without a license and the money not being paid, Police sergeant White stated that he went to defendant's house to levy upon his goods, but found none there, a warrant was therefore ordered for his aprehension, to undergo imprisonment for one calendar month.

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IW Times 07/05/1863 - County Petty Sessions
George Prince was charged by his master, Mr John Drudge of Dodner Farm. with neglecting to do his work and using threating language and which being proved, defendant was sentenced to a month's imprisonment with hard labour; to forfeit a month's wages; and return to his master at the expiration of his confinement.

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IW Times 07/05/1863 - County Petty Sessions
William Rayner, charged with using threating language towards George Lale, both of Ventnor.  Defendant was not only fined 10s and costs, but bound over to keep the peace until the next Sessions, himself in 20pounds and two surities in 10pounds each.

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IW Times 07/05/1863 - County Petty Sessions
Hamilton Glascow, a lad of East Cowes was summoned by Maria Harman for striking her with a stone, on the evening of the 24th of April.  The evidence went to show that she was standing at her father's door and there was a large mob collected round the house, she saw defendant amongst them, who threw several stones, one of which struck her; he was at the same time using very abusive language.  He was fined 5s. and costs, or fourteen days imprisonment, with hard labour.

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IW Times 07/05/1863 - County Petty Sessions
Henry Pragnell and James Jeffery were charged by William Hunt, with riotous behavious in a mob, on the evening of the 24th of April and thereby breaking 26 panes of glass, at his house in Clarence Road, East Cowes.

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IW Observer 14/05/1864 - County Petty Sessions
Elizabeth White , belonging to Northwood, was charged with placing her daughter Isabella, age 10 years, in the House of Industry and then absconding from the Island.  She was apprehended at Bath, living with a shoemaker - the prisoner was discharged upon a promise to take the child from the House immediately.

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IW Observer 08/10/1864 - Borough Petty Sessions
Sarah and Louisa Harvey of Paridise-row, were fined 5s. and costs each for using indecent and profane language towards Caroline Elizabeth James in the street.

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IW Observer 08/10/1864 - Borough Petty Sessions
Alfred Shepard was charged with assaulting a lad by the name of George Brading.  It appeared defendant struck him on account of his daubing his son with a tar-brush.  The Court, thinking defendant had a right to protect his child, dismissed the case.

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IW Observer 31/12/1864 - County Petty Sessions
Joseph Fernhead, a labourer, was brought up in charge for having left his family in the House of Industry, chargeable to the Guardians of the Poor.  The prisoner was discharged as no proof was adduced that he was able to maintain them.

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IW Observer 31/12/1864 - County Petty Sessions
Henry Cheverton and Joseph Bastiannia were charged with being on the road between Niton and Ventnor with a rabbit and nets used for catching game.  There being no proof of any trespass they were discharged.

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