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Betting at Merthyr. I I CHIEF CONSTABLE AND A LOCAL I [ BOOKMAKER t John Phillips and David Theophilus, Mer- thyr. and David Davies, Dowlais, were charged t -at Merthyr on Friday with loitering m High [ Street for the purpose of taking bets. f Mr J. A. Daniel defended Phillips, f Detective Dove said he saw a number of men j hand slips and money to defendant in High treet, Merthyr. When arrested several pounds in money and note and a ''paying-out" slip were. found on defendant. Detective-Sergeant Davies corroborated. I Mr Daniel submitted that it was only an in- ference that it was a paying-out slip found on defendant, and observed that none of the other slips said to have been handed to defendant were founcl on him. Sergeant Dove said that defendant was out of their sight before he was arrested for suffi- I cient time to get rid of the slips. The other two men pleaded guilty, and the I Chief Constable said that to his knowledge Phillips had been making bets in the district practicallv daily. for over 12 months. Mr Daniel objected to this information. The Chief Constable said he was prepared to prove it if necessary. Regarding Theophilus, he had been bookmaking for the past month. He had known David Davies for the past ten yea.rs', "during which time," added the Chief Constable. I have never known him to do an honest day's work." The Chief Constable added that when arrested Davies had the implements for the three-card trick upon him. Then Bench imposed a fine of £ 5 in the case of Phillips and £ 10 each in the cases of Davies and Theophilus.

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