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Keeping a disorderly house

Source: Aberystwyth Observer 03/07/1869       Date: 1869
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DISORDERLY HOUSE. Mrs. Rees, keeping the''Montgomeryshire Vaults," in Princess street, was summoned on the above offence. P.C. J. Davies, sworn: On Sunday morning, about 1 o clock, I was on duty at the Town Clock, and I heard some one dancing. I went to the house and heard people and dancing inside. It was a quarter of an hour before I could get in. I found one man there, but I heard the others go up stairs. The man I saw was drunk. The defendant was very insolent and said they were lodgers but they were not, because I saw them coming out. A second time the same day I went there again, and found her drawing beer. The defendant said that after she had closed on Saturday night, she heard a knock at the door, and on answering, she found five men there, who asked for beds. Only three wanted beds: they said they had been locked out. I was not insolent to the constable. There was no singing or dancing nor was there any beer drawn. The mayor was convinced the case was proved. Sergeant Evans said that this was the first charge against the defendant. The mayor said it was an aggravation of the offence that it occured on Sunday This being the first offence, however, they would take as lenient a view as possible of it. It was by cases such as this that the police and magistrates were put to such trouble. Fined 10s., including costs.
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Montgomeryshire Vaults , 9 Princess Street , Aberystwyth