Angelo Reciti, Italian shoemaker, arrested for threatening his wife

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Angelo Reciti, Italian shoemaker, arrested for threatening his wife
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Name: Angelo Reciti
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 18 April 1905
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-69-Angelo Reciti

The Shields Daily News for 19 April 1905 reports:


At North Shields Police Court today, Angelo Reciti (29), residing at 8 Clive Street, was charged on a warrant with unlawfully using threats towards his wife Elizabeth, whereby she fears he will do her some grievous bodily harm, on the 18th inst.

Sergt. Geo. Murray spoke to apprehending the accused about a quarter past eleven o’clock last night. In pursuance of a warrant, he proceeded to 64 Elsdon Street and there found the accused concealed under a bed. He got him out and he thereupon became very violent. Witness had to get the assistance of two other police officers to hold him. The wife of the the prisoner had been obliged to leave the town in consequence of his threats towards her. At present she was staying in Jarrow. The accused was remanded until tomorrow to give his wife an opportunity of attending the court".

This wasn’t the first time that the Magistrates had become involved in Angelo and Elizabeth Reciti’s marital disputes. The Shields Daily Gazette for 26 October 1904 reported:

"At North Shields to-day Angelo Reciti, Italian shoemaker, was charged with deserting his wife Elizabeth. Mr G.W. Chapman defended.

Complainant, who is only 16, said they had been married since March and resided at Camden Terrace. On Saturday last, at defendant’s request, she went to visit her mother at Jarrow, and on returning in the evening she found nothing but the four walls. The defendant had removed all her furniture and her clothing. She was a present living at 57 Church Way.

By Mr Chapman: She admitted having declined to live with her husband if he removed into Clive Street. Defendant said that five or six weeks ago he went to Manchester in search of employment and when he returned he discovered that his wife had sold off the furniture and gone to live with her mother. He wished to go into Clive Street for convenience in his business, and when he spoke to his wife about removing she declined to go with him.

The magistrates granted a judicial separation, the defendant to pay his wife 5s a week. Defendant was also charged with threatening the life of his wife’s sister and was bound over to keep the peace for six months".

These images are a selection from an album of photographs of prisoners brought before the North Shields Police Court between 1902 and 1916 in the collection of Tyne & Wear Archives (TWA ref DX1388/1).

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