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« on: March 13, 2017, 12:36:50 PM »

At Bearsted (Kent) Police-court on Monday Fred. Payne, landlord of the Three Tuns Public-house, Maidstone, was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Arthur Collins, a Rochester cabdriver, at Boxley. The case for the prosecution was that Collins was one of a party of six who were walking back to Rochester after a trip in a steam tug to Maidstone. It was late at night when, as they were passing along Chatham main road, defendant approached them on a motor-cycle and, it was alleged, without a word being spoken, fired three shots - from a revolver, which passed over the heads of the party. He then dismounted, and when endeavours were made to wrest the revolver from him fired two more shots, one entering Collins' hand, and inflicted a wound which necessitated his removal to Maidstone Hospital. Defendant, giving evidence, said he carried the revolver for protection purposes. A friend of his wife's had been interfered with on the same road earlier in the day, and the thoroughfare was dangerous in the hop-picking season. In this instance, while attending to a fault in his machine. Collins and his friends threatened him, and Collins subsequently attacked him. He fired three times in the air before discharging the weapon point-blank when Collins made a second rush at him. After finding he had wounded Collins he rode to Maidstone and sent back a. cab.The Magistrates committed defendant for trial at the quarter-sessions, but accepted bail.

Weekly Mail 9/9/1905  3 Tuns was in King St probably costa Coffee now. The name was engraved in the stonework and visible until about 2000

Sussex Bonfire - a way of life, not just for Nov 5th
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