Fortunately the local crime rate has been and still is very low in this area, apart from an infamous ‘crime of passion’ which occurred at Laverick Road in 1908.

A young village man, Willie Barlow,  was attacked by a jealous husband in a frenzied hatchet attack.

Reported in the local and national press as the ‘Selston Sensation’, the victim later died from his injuries but strangely, a local petition signed by 4,000 people, who held the assailant in such high regard, was presented to the then, Home Secretary Winston Churchill.

The case was complex and one wonders if the real truth may ever be known about what really happened on that fateful night.

If you choose to read on, beware, this section is definitely not for the ‘faint-hearted’.


The Barlow Family of Laverick Road