[Anon. (Auth.)]Index Terms:
THE TAR BARREL NUISANCE
Newark Advertiser, 9th Nov.1870, No.618, p.4b
Source states: "On the evening of the 1st November the usual practice of kicking lighted tar barrels through the streets was commenced in various parts of the town in celebration of the municipal elections. Mr. Supt. Liddell and his men had an unpleasant time of it, but they kept their temper admirably, considering the great provocation they received in various parts of the town. They seized six tar barrels, and in several instances the mob resorted to the cowardly and dangerous practice of throwing stones at the officers. One policeman took a barrel from a lot of valiant fellows near the gaol, and was afterwards pelted with mud. P.c. Wragg was severely struck by a stone, and another officer was also hurt. Great credit is due to the force for the way in which they acted. It seems that the repeated notices which have been given are insufficient as a caution, but probably a more effectual course would be for the magistrates to send one or two of the ringleaders to prison without the option of paying a fine, as they have full power to do."
Locations: Newark, Notts. (SK7953) Years: Perf. 1870 Subjects: 1st November; Tar Barrels; Police; Suppression Archives: Ref.: TD00595