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Religious disturbance in Liverpool


August 30, 1904
Saturday night’s “religious” processions at Liverpool produced more of those disorderly scenes for which the city has of late become notorious, and the sequels were forthcoming yesterday in the Police court. The scene of the disorder was Great Homer-street.

George Hughes was fined 40s. and costs, or a month’s imprisonment, for having shouted at a band as it was passing, and used filthy language.

The Stipendiary observed that the language of the football field must not be introduced into religious demonstrations.

Sarah Ulton, a girl of only about fourteen, was charged with having hurled a bottle at the paraders.

She denied having done so, and endeavoured to prove by evidence that another girl had thrown the bottle.

The Stipendiary: That evidence does not help us much. I daresay there were many bottles thrown. You must remember this procession was a religious one. (Laughter) I would advise to keep out of the way of these proceedings in the future; they only go about the streets to create a disturbance as an advertisement to get second hand tabernacles. (Renwed laughter.) You may be bound over to keep the peace, and if you had been old enough to have a serious opinion on these matters I would have sent you to gaol.

William Skelton, for striking the processionists, was fined 40s. and costs, or one month.
(Source: Manchester Courier: August 30, 1904)

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