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i ABERDARE APPEAL ALLOWED.

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ABERDARE APPEAL ALLOWED. Searching of Miners' Clothes. In the King's Bench Divisional Court on Wednesday the Lord Chief Justice and Justices Ridley and Row- lett heard an appeal arising out of n prosecution under the Coal Alines Act, 1911, at Aberdare Petty Sessions. Mr. Disturnal, K.C., said the matter came before the Court as a case stated by the magistrates on 30th August last, when the manager of the Tower Colliery. Hirwaiu. prosecuted a man named Lewis employed at the colliery as a haulier. The offence charged was under Section 35 of the Mines Act. 1911, and charged the defendant with having a match in his possession while in the mine. It appears from the case stated fhat on 13th June. at 9 a.m., when respondent was working in the day shift, appellant, in company with the under-manager and two workmen, commenced searching the men below ground, in accordance with the pro- visions of the Act. Appellant met re- spondent bringing up a tramload of coal, and searched his waistcoat and trousers, but with no result. Respond- ent's coat, hanging some ten yards away, was then searched, and a match w as" found, though, according to re- spondent, he searched himself before enterino- the mine, found no match, and gave his pipe up. Before the magis- trates respondent contended that the search was unauthorised, as he was not searched before he commenced work, and appellant was not the proper per- son to search. The Lord Chief Justice said he thought it was immaterial, as the match was found in his possession while in the mine. L ————— Counsel added that^ the magistrates held that the appellant did not conform to the provisions of the Coal Mines Act because he did not cause the work- man to be searched before he rol11- nienced work, and he was not searched by the person authorised therefore j the magistrates could not convict re- spondent. Thet Lord Chief Justice held that the magistrates were wrong in refusing to convict, and the case must go back? The appeal would be allowed with costs.

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