violent storms, attempted robbery

On Friday se’nnight about one o’clock, there fell at Dishley near Loughboro’, in this county, a dreadful storm of thunder, lightning and rain; the lightning fell first upon a hayrick, where it struck dead two rats and a cock that were under the stack; it then ran along the ground to the wall of a stable adjoining, which it pierced by striking out the mortar, and killed a Stone Horse standing in the stall; it then forced its way out of the opposite wall and entered at the door of the dwelling-house, where Mrs. Bakewell and another person was sitting, but did no further damage.
++At Markfield on Saturday morning about four o’clock there fell a violent storm of thunder and lightning, and which fell upon the house of one Mr. Bott, split the chimney for several feet, threw several bricks with great violence upon the roof, which broke through into the bedchamber, falling upon some children then in bed, but they happily received no damage; the lead from three windows were melted away and the glass fell out.
++Betwixt 11 and 12 at night on Wednesday last, The Leicester, Nottingham and Derby Fly was stopped at the bottom of Highgate hill by two highwaymen, who rode up on each side to the coach doors and demanded the passengers money; a guard who was place behind the coach replied, “You shall have mine presently”, upon his saying of which, one of the highwaymen cocked his pistol and presented it at him; but at the same instant the guard discharged his blunderbuss, and the highwayman fell from his horse: “If you’re not dead (says the guard) then I’m damned.” As the highwayman lay upon the ground he called out to his companion, damn him, shoot him; the guard faced about upon the second highwayman, who replied to the former question, I shall be ready for you presently; but before he could get at his pistol and cock it he thought proper to gallop off. — It being dark, the wounded man made a shift to crawl away, leaving his horse and hat, in which was sewed a piece of black crape to drop over his face; he’s supposed to be mortally wounded in the shoulder, and can hardly fail of being taken. The proprietors of the Coaches propose to reward the fellow for his resolution; whose behaviour, ’tis hoped, will deter other collectors from paying their visits to these Coaches.
++By a paragraph in one of the Evening Papers of Thursday last, it appears that the above highwayman got to the turnpike at Holloway, on foot, and called at the turnpike man for assistance, telling him he had been shot by a highwayman.