Oct 12


On February 6th, 1857 George Nichols of Bolton Street had only seconds to make a choice. Was he to help prevent the escape of a criminal about to race past him, or leave the police to valiantly peruse their target? The answer was obvious. George turned and courageously attempted to block the thief’s getaway path of the pavement but things did not go to plan. A scuffle took place and the Samaritan prayed for the ensuing officers to hurry and quickly assist in apprehending their man. Yet the constables were too far behind and before he knew it George himself was down on pavement, knocked unconscious by the clenched fist of the desperate criminal. At the Southern Hospital he was found to have a severe wound above the eye. The fate of the perpetrator is unknown

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