100 Years of Anti-Social Behaviour

We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control.” Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb.

It seems like hardly a day passes when the media doesn’t show images of anti-social behaviour coupled with rising demands for action to deal with the escalating menace, but a newspaper article we found today shows that such behaviour is nothing new for Castle Bromwich:

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald – Saturday March 21st 1903

In the neighbourhood of Castle Bromwich there are some ruffians who are carrying out the old but dangerous trick of tying cord across the roadway with the object of upsetting wheelmen. Already a large number of cyclists, both male and female, have been thrown from their machines, but very fortunately, without sustaining serious injuries.

A vigilance committee has been formed by wheelmen in the neighbourhood, and every effort is being made to capture the perpetrators of the dastardly action, who run a great risk of having to answer the grave charge of manslaughter.

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