HC Deb 29 August 1887 vol 320 cc270-1
MR. SWETENHAM (Carnarvon, &c.)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he has received any information as to the alleged anti-tithe outrage thus reported in The Liverpool Courier of the 25th August— An outrage was perpetrated at the residence of the Rev. Canon Browne, of Bodfari, a village four miles from Denbigh, on Monday, at midnight, by a gang of men who smashed all the glass of the front windows of the rectory and broke the framework into matchwood. The reverend gentleman has called upon Police Superintendent Vaughan for police protection, as he believes that his life is in danger; if so, whether there is any clue to the offenders; and, whether Canon Browne was a witness called before Mr. Bridge during his inquiry into the Anti-Tithe Riots?


I have received a Report from the Chief Constable of Flintshire, who informs me that an attack was made on Canon Browne's house on the night of the 22nd. Several panes of glass were broken, the window frames and sashes damaged, and large stones hurled through an upper window into Canon Browne's bedroom. The police are investigating the case, and believe that they have some clue to the offenders. Canon Browne has not applied for police protection. He was called as a witness before Mr. Bridge.