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14 June 1919   Midnight Scene At Fochriw: Sequel At Merthyr Police Court   At Merthyr Police Court on Friday, before the Stipendiary Magistrate, Mr. R. A. Griffiths, Mr John Evans, Mr. Thomas Morgan, and Mr. Thomas John Jenkins, Fochriw, were summoned for being drunk and disorderly in Milton-street at 11p.m. on Saturday May 24th. Mr. J. A. Daniel appeared for Morgan, and Mr. Edward Roberts for Jenkins. Evans did not appear, and his case was adjourned.   Police Sergeant Williams said he heard defendants quarrelling. They were drunk. There was a crowd of a hundred people around them, and they were opposite Morgan's house. He prevailed upon Morgan to go into the house, but it took him half an hour to get Jenkins away. He had had constant trouble with the defendants. Jenkins was Morgan's brother-in-law, and he thought Jenkins "got up to" Morgan. There had been trouble between Morgan and his wife, and complaints had been made to him following police court proceedings. Mr. Daniel: I put it to you all that Morgan was not "particularly drunk." Witness: He was not "particularly drunk." He agreed that Jenkins went to Morgan's house and caused disturbances. He believed Jenkins was the cause of the trouble. Morgan was the finest workmen at the colliery and never lost a turn. Morgan was fined 10 shillings.

29 August 1931   Police Raid the White Horse Inn: Heard Talking and Rattling of Glasses   At Pontlottyn Police Court on Friday, considerable time was spent hearing summonses against Annie Davies (44), licensee of the White Horse Inn, Fochriw, for refusing to admit the police in the execution of their duty on August 1st., supplying intoxicating drink during non-permitted hours, and permitting drunkenness; and against Thomas Martin (38), repairer; Edward J. Morgan (27), collier; and Morgan Davies (30), for being drunk on licensed premises and of aiding and abetting; and against Arthur Adams (48), and Percy A. Barrick (Northampton), who did not appear, for aiding and abetting.
P.C. Sanson said that he and P.S. Howells visited the White Horse Inn at midnight on August 1st. We listened at the door and heard loud talking and the rattling of glasses. We tried the door and found it was locked. We knocked several times, and after the lapse of a minute, Mrs. Davies came to the door and said "Who's there?" We replied, "The Police. Open the door, please." She did not open the door, and we heard her hurry back to the kitchen. We heard loud talking, the scuffling of feet, the rattle of glasses, and the movement of chairs. I looked at my watch and continued knocking the door for four-and-a-half minutes. Then I left the Sergeant and went to the back of the house. I climbed over a difficult fence and my progress was stopped by a dog. I beat off the animal, and eventually got to the back door. There I met Police Sergeant Howells who had been admitted at the front door. In the back yard, near the door, we saw a number of drunken men. Some of them were hiding beneath the wall. We escorted them all into the kitchen. The room was full of smoke, it was reeking with for the smell of beer, and the floor showed signs of beer having been recently spilt. We saw that Thomas Martin Davies, Morgan Davies and Edward John Morgan were very drunk. The former was very abusive, and the latter tried to prevent us taking particulars. The Bench were thoroughly satisfied that all six men were inside the house when the police arrived. The licencee was convicted of permitting drunkenness and was fined £3 or 31 days, and for refusing to admit the police £2 or 21 days. Thomas Martin Davies, Edward John Morgan and Morgan Davies were fined 10s.for being drunk on licensed premises. The other charges were dismissed.

Desertion
6 February 1904  Unhappy Home at Fochriw   Daniel Sullivan, collier, was summoned for deserting his wife, Elizabeth, after eight years of married life. The complainant said that the defendant left her at Christmas. He had abused her very much. Inspector Rogers, N.S.P.C.C., said he had been to her house on Boxing Day. He said that she had no food, let alone drink. Since 28th December, her husband had lived in his mother's house; he had given her a little money every week, but not enough. Defendant said he earned 35 shillings a week, but his wife said that he earned £3 odd. Defendant was ordered to pay his wife 10 shillings a week and costs. The Bench advised the parties to make up their quarrels.

25 January 1941   After 32 Years   Charles H. Parker, Pontypridd, was summoned for desertion, by his wife Esther Parker of Hillside Row, Pentwyn. Parker said he had left, but did not desert his wife. Mrs. Parker said they had been married nearly 33 years. They had 11 children, seven of whom were living, and two were under 16 years of age. They parted on November 16th because of differences. When she got up in the morning, she found he had left, taking his clothes and tools with him. She had received three sums of money since. The magistrate made an order that Parker