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distance from Fochriw. The man was taken to Bargoed Mortuary for post mortem examination. He was identified as William Sidney Thompson of Tamworth, Staffs.

28 September 1957    Inquest: Suicide Verdict    Suicide was the verdict at the Bargoed Inquest on a man whose body was found in a parked car near South Tunnel Road, Fochriw. The man, William Sidney Thompson, a carpenter and joiner, of Tamworth, Staffs, died due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Drunk and Disorderly
19 March 1870  Merthyr Police Court: Drunk and Riotous   David Evans, who appeared in Court with his head bandaged, was summoned for being drunk at Vochriw on the 22nd February. P.S. Jenkins proved the case. Evans was fined 5 shillings and costs, and in default, seven days in gaol.  

7 February 1880  Merthyr Police Court: Drunkards  Morgan Pritchard, Richard Couch, John Jones and Thomas Giles, all young colliers from Vochriw, were summoned for having been drunk and riotous at the place on the 19th January. Shortly before 10 o’clock, P.C. Jenkins saw the defendants, who were drunk, fighting in Vochriw. Fined 5s. and costs.

5 December 1903  Permitting Drunkenness   Thomas Llewellyn, grocer, Fochriw, the landlord of the Penybank Inn, was summoned for permitting drunkenness on his premises on Saturday, 21st November, and Richard Evans was summoned for being the drunk person referred to. Evans denied being drunk, but said his foot struck a stone and he fell. He was fined 10 shillings and costs. Mr. W. W. Meredith, defending the landlord, contended that his client had done all he could to keep the house properly. Half-an-hour before the police entered the house, the landlady told Evans to go home, as she thought he had had sufficient to drink. Evans left the bar, and wished Mrs. Llewellyn good night, but instead of going out, he went to the tap room, and watched three men playing a game. He was there when the police entered the house. Mrs. Llewellyn testifies to this being correct. Cards, rings, and dominoes had been stopped since she entered the house a few weeks ago, and this had been done at the suggestion of the police officer. John Morgan said he saw the defendant leave the bar when Mrs. Llewellyn told him to do so. Daniel Evans, John Price, and Richard Evans also gave evidence. The Bench considered the case proved, and fined the defendant £10 and costs. The Stipendiary said he would never have knowingly granted a licence to a man who was not always upon the premises.

31 December 1904  Collier's Cardiff Holidays   John Edwards, aged 24, a Fochriw collier, was charged at Cardiff on Thursday with being disorderly in St. Mary Street, and with assaulting P.C. Thomas Simmonds and P.C. Victor Chapple while in the execution of their duty. According to their evidence, the prisoner was turned out of the Royal Oak Hotel, and in his resentment issued the usual challenge to fight the world. Edwards, whose memory was a complete blank as regards the incident, was fined five shillings and costs, with the alternative of seven days imprisonment on each charge.

6 August 1910  Women's Quarrels   At Merthyr Police Court, on Friday, Mary Walters, Margaret Jones and Eliza Lloyd of Penybank, were summoned for using bad language towards Lydia Walters, and there were cross-summonses. The parties handed to the bench written specimens of the words used. Police Constable Stead said that some of the parties came from Lancashire, and could not get on with the Welsh people. The defendants were always quarrelling. The parties were bound over to keep the peace. An assault summons was dismissed.

7 November 1914   Drunkenness    There were several cases of Sunday drunkenness at Fochriw, and this caused the Deputy Stipendiary to ask “What celebrations were on at Fochriw that Sunday?” Inspector Nicholl replied - “They had come for the club sir.” The drunks were fined 10 shillings and costs.

26 June 1915   Summons    William Price, White Horse Inn, Fochriw, was summoned for keeping his house open for the sale of liquor contrary to the closing order made under the Temporary Restriction Act. The following were summoned for aiding and abetting by being on the premises: Henry Jones, Bert Evans, Thomas Pugh, John Davies, Rees Jones, and Charles Edwards. The defendant was fined £3, and the others £1.