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Obstreperous Army Corporal

Loughborough Monitor - 11th September 1947

Extracts from a letter sent to Superintendent Bullimore by the Vicar of Quorn, the Rev. Pilling, expressing admiration for the way in which two police officers handled an obstreperous Army corporal at Quorn on Friday, were read at Loughborough Magistrates' Court yesterday, when Corporal Thomas Murphy, No 9 P.o.W Camp, was fined £2, and ordered to pay 7s 6d costs for being drunk and disorderly.

The vicar wrote saying that the action of the officers showed fine character and discipline, and that their handling of defendant was at times, almost gentle.

Both the officers concerned, Sgt Mason and PC Hill gave evidence in the case. Sgt Mason said that he received a report that there was a disturbance in a café in Quorn and with Police Constable Hill, went to Quorn and found the defendant and six or seven other soldiers, who were all -more or less drunk- in the Hurst Café.
There had been a complaint about their conduct, and after some persuasion all the soldiers but Murphy left in a truck that was standing outside. Murphy became abusive, and while he resisted arrest told the sergeant "I don't care for any coppers."

He was handcuffed and taken to Loughborough Police Station. To Police Constable Hill Murphy said, "I'm Irish and proud of it." The constable spent 20 minutes persuading the men to leave in an orderly manner.

 Submitted on: 2009-08-10
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 493

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