Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Saturday 25 July 1891
Brutal Attack A Woman and Highway Robbery Near Broomhill
Yesterday afternoon a brutal attack on a woman took place on the Dearne and Dove Canal bank, near Wath.
A married woman named Rebecca Fisher, wile of William Fisher, miner, of Broomhill, had been to the Wombwell branch of the Barnsley British Cooperative Company with a friend, and was returning home, leaving her friend behind.
When she had proceeded about 400 yards outside the Village she was stopped by a man of gentlemanly appearance who at once commence to pull her about the road, after which he took her satchel and purse from her, decamping with same. When found she lay helpless, and was at once removed to Dr Jones of Wath, who found the woman’s jaw broken in two places, besides being badly disfigured.