From our archives

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HERE’S a snapshot of just some of the articles your St Helens Reporter published 110 years ago this week.

Back in February 1902, a shocking discovery was made in a siding at the London and North Western Railway Station in St Helens.

Lampman John Fairhurst found the dead body of a newborn baby girl pushed into a corner underneath a seat in a third class compartment of a train which had been shunted into the siding.

The body was wrapped in a skirt “of good quality”.

It was considered improbable that the gruesome parcel could have been placed in the carriage while the train was stood in the siding.

In other news nine-year-old Joseph Harvey, of Blackbrook Road, was rushed to Providence Hospital with a serious eye injury after he was kicked in the face by a horse.

The youngster was walking to school when the incident happened.

His temple and face were both left badly lacerated and he sustained a serious injury to his eye.

Dr Bellew was one of the first on the scene.

Two court cases were featured in the Reporter too.

Seventeen-year-old Edward Boardman was summoned before St Helens Police Court charged with stealing a watch and chain - valued at a combined £3 10s - from a lodger.

Victim Morgan Ferris was living with Boardman’s mother in Derbyshire Hill when his watch and chain suddenly disappeared.

Boardman admitted the theft and was jailed for a month.

And, in another case, John Gardner, who worked with his master clogger father on Parr Street, was charged with deserting his wife.

Mr H L Riley told St Helens Police Court how the two parties had been married in October 1900 and had one child.

Gardner, who had previously been in the navy, was ordered to pay his wife 8s 6d a week after refusing to move into a house that she had moved into.