The Riot Act
The Riot Act was read in Droitwich in 1910, after townsmen rebelled amid rumours of election rigging and cuts in salt makers’ wages. 12 men were arrested as ring leaders and imprisoned, but no-one would accept the Establishment’s offers of bribes to give false witness against these honest men, so they were all finally set free from jail.
It is said that one rioter threw a stone at a policeman by the Worcestershire Hotel and knocked off his helmet. The policeman chased him to the canal where it is said all scores were settled. Did he jump or was he pushed?