HC Deb 09 February 1865 vol 177 cc118-9

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been directed to a gross outrage committed upon Mr. Charles Ash-worth, of Fairfield and of Egerton Hall, Lancashire, who was seized by a pretended Police Officer at Shrewsbury, robbed of his watch, money, and other property, and then taken before the Borough Magistrates, and, under their orders, incarcerated for twenty-four hours, though the most re- spectable and liberal bail was offered on the arrival of a clerical friend, but refused, and the testimony of his high respectability disregarded; and, whether the Magistrates have been removed from the Commission of the Peace?


said, he had received no information whatever with regard to the outrage committed on Mr. Ashworth, and he deeply regretted that he had been subjected to it. No complaint had been made to him as to the conduct of any magistrate concerned in the transaction, nor had any representation reached the Home Office upon the subject.