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LAW
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Rail and Road Traffic
2 September 1876  Colliers Wives Evading The Payment Of Their Rail Fare   Marian Jones, Mary Ann Evans and Eleanor Evans, married women, residing in Vochrhiw, were summoned for having travelled from Vochrhiw to Dowlais without previously paying their rail fare and with intent to avoid the payment thereof. The case was a somewhat peculiar one. It appeared from the evidence of Inspector Richard Matthews, of the Rhymney Railway, who prosecuted, that the Taff Bargoed Line was opened on the 1st of February last. The joint owners (the Rhymney and the Great Western Companies) entered into an agreement with the Dowlais Company to carry their colliers to and from Bedlinog, Vochrhiw and Dowlais at a special rate. Subsequently, the colliers themselves made application to the joint companies to allow their wives to travel the same route at reduced fares on market days. The concession was granted them, the fare being reduced to about one-half. Not satisfied with this, a great many women - as much as forty or fifty at a time - made it a practice of gathering into the carriages which conveyed the colliers in order to escape altogether. On the 19th., Inspectors Matthews, Mends and Pegg went on special duty at Dowlais Station and caught the three defendants. There were several other women in the train, but they escaped. These facts were fully proved, and there was practically no defence to the case. The defendants were each ordered to pay a fine, which with costs, amounted to 15 shillings.

7 December 1907  Summons: Haulier in Trouble   David Parry was fined five shillings and costs for leaving a horse and cart unattended at Fochriw.

6 August 1910  Fell Off The Horse Whilst Drunk   Watkin Jones was fined 10 shillings and costs at the Merthyr on Friday. Defendant was in charge of a horse and fell off whilst drunk. He was taken to the Pontlottyn Police Station.

24 December 1921  Fochriw Lads Tamper with Signals   At the Merthyr Police Court on Friday, two boys from Fochriw, namely David John Price and Robert Carter, were in the dock on several charges of interfering with the signal lamps on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway between Fochriw and Pantywaun Junction. The defendants pleaded guilty to stealing the lamps and wilful damage, and threw themselves on the mercy of the court. They said "We don't remember anything; we were drunk." For stealing the two lamps they were fined £5 each or 31 days imprisonment, and for wilful damage £2 each or 21 days imprisonment.

16 October 1915   Travelling Without Paying   David Lewis, Fochriw, was summoned for travelling on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway without paying his fare on Saturday 18th September. William Lewis, station master at Fochriw, said the defendant did not pass through the gate after leaving the train, but went up the line. Defendant: "I was drunk." Stipendiary: "If you work a day for somebody and were not paid for it, you would think your employer dishonest." Defendant: "Your Honour, I cannot hear properly." Stipendiary: "Pay a  pound, or down for 21 days."

15 June 1929   Fine   David Morris, aged 25, collier, was fined 10 shillings for travelling on the G.W.R. without a railway ticket, and of attempting to avoided payment of his fare.

28 June 1930  Pontlottyn Police Court   Iorwerth Phillips, aged 17, a collier from Fochriw, was summoned for driving a motorcycle without a driving licence, and John P. Llewellyn aged 20, of Fochriw, was charged with aiding and abetting. P.C. Sedgewick said that on May 30th, he saw defendant drive the motorcycle in Deri. When witness asked for his driving licence, Williams produced one drawn out in the name of J. P. Llewellyn. Llewellyn, who was present, said he lent it to Williams to take particulars from it. They were each fined 10 shillings.

12 July 1930  Summoned   David Thomas (20), Bryn Jones (20) and Elwyn Jones (22), colliers, Fochriw, were summoned for trespassing on the G.W.R. at Fochriw.  Police Constable Sansom said that on 28th May, he saw the defendants walking down the line towards Ogilvie Colliery, and when he spoke to them they said they were going to work. Defendants were fined five shillings each.