From the archives

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HERE’S what was making the headlines in the St Helens Reporter this week 120 years ago.

Prolific criminal Bridget Kildare was in the news in February 1892 for making her 200th appearance before the St Helens Police Court!

After being charged with being drunk and disorderly along Liverpool Road the previous Saturday night, the court heard how she had previously “toed the mark in the prisoner’s dock” an astonishing 199 times.

The announcement sparked considerable laughter in court, but Kildare indignantly turned around to address the masses before telling them they “had better go home and laugh at themselves and then they would have enough to do”.

Kildare was fined 10 shillings before “gaily” disappearing into the cells below.

In another court case, two St Helens colliers were accused of stealing timber from a brackmaker in Dragon Lane, Whiston.

Prosecutors alleged that Richard Salt and John Catterall had used the stolen wood to construct hen and pig pens!

The case against Salt was dismissed, however, and Catterall escaped with a 10-shilling fine after he admitted stealing two wooden boards.

In other news, a St Helens policeman suffered a horror injury after stumbling while moving to the side of the pavement to let two women pass.

PC Mitchell, stationed at Rainford, was strolling along St Helens Road in Eccleston when his right foot twisted underneath him and he fell to the ground.

The stricken bobby was carried into a nearby house and treated by paramedics - who found that he had suffered a dislocated ankle and a broken shin bone.

Dr Barlow applied splints to his leg before sending him home in a cab!

And finally two youngsters were hauled before a court in Prescot for throwing snowballs!

Thomas Regan and John Rooney were spotted hurling snowballs at passers by on Prescot High Street by none other than Superintendent Barker.

They were both fined for their role in the high jinks.