Susan Brace, of Babbs Green, Wareside, was charged with assaulting Ernest Hankin on 2nd April. The complainant stated that on the day in question the defendant came up to him, accused him of making fun of her and scratched his face. The defendant said that the young man had been a source of annoyance to her for a long time , and that she only struck him in self defence on the morning in question as he struck her first . William Blake, of Wareside, corroborated the statement of the complainant. He denied that Hankin struck Mrs Brace. P.C. Robinson, on being asked if he knew anything about the defendant, said he had had several complaints about her assaulting other people, and she had an awful tongue. The defendant, who had pleaded guilty to the assault, was fined 10 shillings including costs.