The attack upon Thomas Rushworth

Late evening on 22nd December 1838, Thomas Rushworth was travelling from Halifax to his home at Elland Edge.

As he was nearing Elland Bridge, he was attacked by 2 men, James Brooke and Charles Collingwood.

The men jostled Rushworth, ripped open his great coat, and attempted to steal from his waistcoat pocket. They stole his hat, but Rushworth defended himself with a knife which he carried for protection and seriously injured Collingwood.

Rather than making his escape, Brooke tended Collingwood, attempting to staunch the flow of blood. Collingwood was taken to the the house of Mrs Chambers of the New Inn, Elland. Both men were later apprehended at Southowram.

Rushworth went to the Wellington Inn, and reported the incident to the constable of Elland.

At the West Riding Sessions, the 2 men were charged with robbery with violence on Rushworth upon the highway, in Elland Wood.

The depositions against the prisoners were taken at the infirmary, in consequence of the prisoner Collingwood being confined there from a severe wound which he had received from the prosecutor, whilst the prisoners were attempting to rob him.

They were committed to York for trial at the next Assizes.

The jury found both men guilty, but because of Collingwood's injuries and Brooke's humanity, the 2 were sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment instead of transportation for life

© Malcolm Bull 2022
Revised 13:12 / 19th January 2022 / 3369

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