In common with all towns and cities Oldham and its districts have had their fair share of criminal cases over the last couple of centuries. These have ranged from petty offences to more serious cases such as the Bardsley bookshop murder that created riots in Oldham. Many of these cases have been reported over time in the Oldham Evening Chronicle; of course the more serious events reached the Manchester papers as well. These reports run from a mere paragraph to many column inches and as is the case today with a degree of journalistic licence. Punishment has changed dramatically over the years and today we find ourselves surprised at the harshness of some of the sentences handed down. Offenders seemed to have been tracked down, hauled up before the magistrate and sentenced in a very short space of time. This is an attempt to chronicle some of these cases and tell the tales of the unfortunate victims.
On July 28th, 1913, the Manchester Guardian had the following headline,
Oldham Tradesman Murdered - Arrested Youth's Alleged Statement
In the early hours of Sunday 27th July 1913, James Greaves, the watchman ... by using more force and with a great deal of difficulty, finally succeeded in gaining entry, whereupon he found the body of Mr. Bardsley lying stretched out on the floor...
Read it HERE
On Feb 21st 1920 the Oldham Chronicle had the following headline –
GHASTLY CRIME – A little girl outraged and murdered.
Read it HERE
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