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26 February 1927   A Fochriw Bankrupt: Collier who borrowed £37 from Guardians   At Merthyr Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday, Albert Wright, collier, Aelybryn, returned his liabilities at £117 10s. and his assets at £1 16s, and a deficiency of £115 14s 10d. Mr. A. V. Watkins, deputy official receiver said that Mr. Wright owed £37 10s. in groceries, £37 for out-door relief by way of a loan, £24 11s for drapery, the remainder for rent, and 12s for jewellery – a watch which was now broken. Wright stated that he first started to "go behind" during the strike. Mr. Watkins: How much did you receive from the Federation? Wright: 2/6. Wright stated that he borrowed the money from the Guardians to buy furniture, and he owed about £37 on it today.

2 July 1927   Merthyr Bankruptcy Court   Thomas Jones, a miner, and who for some time kept the White Horse Inn, Pentwyn, Fochriw, was represented by Mr. W. G. Batterbee, Bargoed.. He said his liabilities were £321 13s 1d, his assets £18 10s, and his deficiency £303 3s 3d. He owed £89 to brewers, £59 borrowed from a relative to pay rates and licence fees, £19 10s to the Guardians, and £149 for groceries. He had paid £118 in going for the public house. He had served in the Great War, had contracted malaria, and still suffered from the effects of it.

Cruelty to animals
16 June 1928  Fochriw Charge: Mountain Pony Dying on of the Roadside: Owner Fined   A very sad case was heard at Pontlottyn Police Court on Friday, when George Weaver, aged 36, of Fochriw, was charged with cruelty to a horse by neglecting it. The defendant did not appear, but his wife was present. P.C Brangwynne said that acting on information received, he proceeded to a spot on the roadside near Fochriw, and there saw a pony lying down. It was in such a poor condition that it was too weak to stand, and its bones were protruding. On examination, 17 sores were found on the body. Witness went to the defendant's house and saw his wife. She said, "What has it got to do with you?" Witness instructed the woman to feed the animal, and later Inspector Thomas Barnard of the RSPCA, visited the house and examined the horse. He found the woman had given it some chicken feed since the morning. The following day, James Brown, veterinary surgeon, called in and ordered the horse to be destroyed. Inspector Barnard corroborated the evidence of the police officer. "People bought these mountain ponies," said the inspector, "and then turned them out to the mountains. They might live and they might not. That was a matter for the pony." The woman said that did not apply to them, but the horse had been suffering from kidney trouble. The defendant was fined £3 or 31 days imprisonment.

12 August 1939   Pontlottyn Police Court: Straying Mare and Foal   For allowing a mare and foal to stray in Broad Street, Pontlottyn, John Hughes of Fochriw was fined five shillings. Hughes, who did not appear in court, is very deaf, and did not appear to be able to understand English. Superintendent Howell Rees spoke to him in Welsh about his animals.

Cruelty to Family
1 October 1932   Another Unhappy Home    Brynmor Lewis, aged 33, unemployed collier, of Fochriw, was summoned for being guilty of persistent cruelty to his wife, Amy Lewis, who lives at Tirphil, and for desertion. Mrs. Lewis said they were married on 19th February 1919, and there were three children. Defendant had treated her cruelly ever since marriage. They first lived in apartments at the defendant’s mother's house. He had given her black eyes on many occasions. She had summoned him before, and obtained a maintenance order, but they made up their quarrel. They then lived in apartments, but defendant continued to ill-use her. He beat her many times, even in front of his mother. He had threatened her with a knife and also a poker. Her body was very much bruised. Defendant accused his wife of being the cause of the quarrels. Hannah Mary Harris, Tirphil, gave evidence supporting Mrs. Lewis' story. Elizabeth Williams, complainant's sister, corroborated. Police Constable George Fraser told the Bench that the defendant drank, and was a violent man. He had treated his wife very brutally. On the 10th September, he was called to the house and saw the defendant with a knife in his hand. Defendant was told to pay 15 shillings a week and costs. Mrs. Lewis was to have custody of the three younger children.

30 March 1935   Fochriw Man & Wife: Husband Objects To Her Going To Dances   At Pontlottyn Police Court on Friday, Samuel John Jones, aged 36, an unemployed boot-repairer, of Brook-row, Fochriw, was summoned for being guilty of persistent cruelty to his wife, Ivy Maud Jones, and for desertion. Mr. Jesse Roberts, Dowlais, appeared for the wife, and Mr. Charles Jones, Bedwas, for the husband. Mrs. Jones said they were married in September 1930,