Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 May 2021), July 1885, trial of JOHN PARKER ALFRED BAILEY, Unlawfully (t18850727-789).

JOHN PARKER, ALFRED BAILEY, Miscellaneous > unknown, 27th July 1885.

789. JOHN PARKER and ALFRED BAILEY, Unlawfully assembling and taking part in a prize fight.

MR. POLAND Prosecuted.

JOHN BOUSTEAD (Policeman P 434). About 7.30 p.m. on 2nd July I received information, in consequence of which I went along the bank of the Brighton and South Coast Railway at Brockley—in a field adjoining I saw about 250 persons standing round in a ring, and in the centre I saw Parker and another man having a stand-up fight—they were stripped to the waist, with no gloves on, pummelling each other—I climbed over the fence—when I got to within 60 yards Bailey was fanning Parker with a shirt—when I got near to them there was a cry of "Police," the fight stopped, and they all ran away—I apprehended Parker, who ran away, about three-quarters of a mile off—he had hid coat on, but nothing underneath; his hat was on—he had a cut over his right eye, it was bleeding, and a number of bruises about his body—I saw Bailey caught by another constable, he was carrying two shirts and a waistcoat—the other man escaped, we have not been able to catch him—the fight might have been going on a couple of minutes.

Cross-examined by Parker. I saw you fighting at 300 yards distance—I never saw a man fanned with a shirt before.

Cross-examined by Bailey. I could see you distinctly—the 250 were of the ordinary size—I could see you as I got over the fence, and when in the field I could see you distinctly.

WILLIAM ROFY (Policeman 538). I was with Boustead, and saw Parker fighting with the other man, stripped to the waist—Bailey was fanning him with a shirt—they went across the field—I went after them and caught Bailey after about three-quarters of a mile—I took him in custody, he was carrying a shirt, under-shirt and waistcoat—at the station they were given up to Parker, as they were his—I told Bailey I should take him in custody—he said he was only having a look on.

Cross-examined by Parker. The fight was not far from Brockley Jack, a public-house and place of amusement where holiday people go—there are sometimes 200 or 300 people outside.

Cross-examined by Bailey. I came up hill to you, but when you were fanning Parker the people opened out.

Parker in his defence stated that he went to have a glass of ale at Brockley Jack, when he got in a row with a man who struck him, that they went into the field to fight, and after two or three minutes the police came; and that he had taken his shirt off, as the other man had caught hold of it and torn the buttons off.

Bailey in his defence stated that he saw the crowd and followed them into the field, and took no part in the matter, but when every one ran he picked up the man's clothes.

Witness for Bailey.

WIILLIAM MORTIMER . I was with you on this evening—we went to the Brockley Jack together after work—we saw Parker and another having a dispute over their beer, and we followed them, as everybody else did, I think between 200 and 300 people—I saw you interfere in no way in the least—when the cry of "Police" was raised you rushed to Parker's clothes and picked them up.

Cross-examined. I know Parker of Deptford—I did not know the fight was coming off—I did not see this newspaper: "In reply to the challenge of Jack Parker of Deptford, Alfrea Bruiser, now out of employment, will box him for 10l. or 20l. a side at any place he likes to name"—I did not know of any regular fight being arranged—I don't know the other man—both men were stripped; regular rounds were fought, each man trying to knock the other out of time, but nobody was picking them up—there were no acknowledged seconds.