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Thomas Hibbs

Age: 23

Sex: male

Date: 10 Aug 1901

Place: Fazeley Street, Birmingham

Thomas Hibbs was found dead in a canal with a fractured skull. He was a railway detective and had chased several people but they turned on him and killed him.

A man was arrested and charged but he denied hitting Thomas Hibbs on the head and the coroner said that all the evidence was third hand and dismissed the charge.

It was thought that he had surprised three coal thieves in the yard and had chased them off with his truncheon whilst blowing his whistle but when they realised that he was alone they attacked him and threw him unconscious into the canal where he drowned.

He was a London and North Western Railway policeman employed as a night watchman in the Curzon Street Goods Yard.

The coroner recommended the railway company employ two night watchmen because the area was dangerous.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.

see www.truecrimelibrary.com

see Dundee Courier - Monday 26 August 1901

see Falkirk Herald - Wednesday 14 August 1901

see Derby Daily Telegraph - Friday 30 August 1901

see British Transport Police