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6 Jan 1866 account of the trial of the rioters during the Cramlington Colliery strike; Thomas Wanless was sentenced to 8 months in prison

Cramlington Colliery owners attempted to evict the strikers from their colliery-owned houses. A mob of 3000 pitmen met the ejectors and rioted. Only 14 were arrested and the evidence at the trial was contradictory and much of it not given to the defense beforehand per the law. The first group convicted contained Thomas Dodd, Alexander Barras, David Moore, Thomas Pringle, Thomas Wanless, and Thomas McLean. Prosecutors were Mr. Meynell and Mr. Shield; defense was Mr. Blackwell; judge was C.W. Orde. Trial was at the Northumberland Quarter Sessions at Newcastle.


Owner/SourceThe Scotsman, 6 Jan 1866, page 3
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