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.