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Fracas at Avenal

SERIOUS ASSAULT. Some time ago the Avenal Borough Council applied to Inspector Mitchell for additional police protection, and a patrol was made at intervals through the borough with good effect. On the advent of no-license the Police Department deemed it advisable to establish a station at Gladstone, and Constable Scandrett was promoted from Gore as officer in charge. He has since proved himself a capable officer, and a terror to wrongdoers. It appears that his beat extends to Wallacetown, and in the face of recent events it is a question whether this is not too large a district to be controlled by one man, and the Inspector should consider the advisability of confining his beat to Waikiwi, Gladstone, and Avenal. About Christmas last a serious assault was committed on a married woman, and the matter still remains a mystery, as far as the public are concerned. On Friday (24th May) evening it appears Mr J. C. McNeil age was assaulted, and has been confined to hi* home since. When going home he was waylaid, and a stand-up fight took place. He was severely injured about the head and face, but before being disabled inflicted some punishment on one of his assailants. He made his way into a house near by, and was cared for till the morning, when it was found necessary to call in medical aid. (Besides cuts and bruises, the muscles of the sufferer’s shoulder have been injured, which necessitated the use of a sling.

Constable Scandrett was early on the scene, ami took a note of the facts, which were passed on to the Detective Department, with the l result that a case will come before the magistrate shortly. It is understood there are a number of witnesses to be called, and the circumstances appear to Warrant the prompt action of the. police.

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Fracas at Avenal, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 1 June 1907

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Fracas at Avenal Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 1 June 1907

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