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THE BURGLAfUES AT YARKHILL AND LEDBURY. Prisonors Before the Magistrates. A Plea of Guilty on all Counts. Much interest was taken in the proceedings at Ledbury Police Con rfc on Wednesday, before Alderman John Riley (in the chair), Mr Spencer H Bickham and Dr M A Wood, when three young men, who state they are brothers, were charged with sacrilege and burglary. Their names are Charles Bateman, John Bateman and Herbert Bateman, and they were charged with breaking into Yarkhill Church and stealing money from the poor box on the morning of Sunday, June 7 with burglariously breakiag into and entering the Great Western Railway Company's booking office at Ledbury Railway Station and stealing 9s 7d in money during the early hours of Sunday, June 7, and with burglariously entering the porter's room at the Railway Station and stealing a pair of, boots, value 9s, the property of Lewis Christopher, a porter in the employ of the company. THE SACRILEGE CHARGB. The charge of sacrilege at Yarkhill Church was first taken. Prisoners presented a rough, unshaven appearance, and appeared at the outset to treat the proceedings as a huge joke, sniggering audibly until called to order. Agnes Ad& Jones, of Yarkhill Vicarage, daughter of the Vicar (the Rev. A G Jones), said she was at Yarkhill Church on June 6 about 6.0 p. m. She locked up the church aad did not notice anyone about. The Rev Alexander George Jones, Vicar of Yarkhill, said he went to the church at 7-50 a.m. on June 7. He left his cycle by the vestry door with the object of going to the side door, and saw the main glass window broken. He went to the south door and opened it, and went into the church. He went to the alms-box (produced) and found it had been broken open. There were two ptdlocka on it, one of which was broken by the same m p ans 19 years ago. The second padlock had been pulled off. He did not know whether there was any money in the box, b. he should say probably a little. He last opened the box on April 16, when there was 91 10s 5td in it. He found no other damage done. Prisoners said they had never seen the bex bef 0. Mrs Susac Cox, ef Watery-lane, Yarkhill, whose husband is a small farmer, said she went to Yarkhill Church on April 27 and put a shiHing is the box. Syduey Herbert North, of Yarkhill, under- gamekeeper to Mr Paul Foley, said he saw a man ia Yarkhill Churchyard at 6.15 on June 7. He recognised the man as the younger prisoner, Heifert Bateman. The man went down the steps Co where heatiag apparatus was. Prisoner Herbert Bateman said he had never seen the witness before. George Herron, of Yarkhill, gardener for the Vicar of Yarkhill, said he met the three men as he was going to work about 7 o'clock on the morning of Sunday, June 7. They were then abont a qjiarter-of-a-nile frem the chureh. The men were all together and were going towards Hereford, coming from the direction of the church. P.C. Matthews, stationed at Tarrington, said on June 7 about 9.30 a.m. he received informa- tion from the Rev A G Jones of the burglary. He at once went to Yarkhill Church and found the east window in the vestry, 12! inches wide by 39 inches high had been breken. The glass and lead of the window had been strewed all about the place. He went into the church and saw that the poor box had also been forced open. He instituted inquiries, and traeed prisoners to a meadow at Belnaoat, Clehonger. He asked where they had come from that morning. They said they had come .from Worcester by the main road all the way. He told them the Yarkhill Church had been forcibly entered, and that he would charge them with it. He charged them jointly and cautioned them in the usual manner. Charles Bateman said "I don't know anything about it; I. was asleep under the wall when the others got in." Herbert Bateman said "I will say nothing till I get to Court." John Bateman made no reply. He took them to Hereford, where he searched all three defendants and found cm Charles Bateman 3d in ooppers, a knife and a tobacco box. On Herbert Bateman he found 6s 6d, one half-crown and two two-shilling pieces, a glass- cutter and electric flashlight (produced), bunch of keys, a knife and one glove for the right hand. On John Bateman he found a knife, a bag, and 3s 9d in money, eonsistiag of a hitlf-crown and Is 3d in coppers. He arrested them at 5 p.m. On June 8 at 1.30 p.m. he was at Ledbury Police Station in company with P.S. Brierley, when the latter charged them with another offeaee jointly. While they were in the waiting room outside .the cells they heard John Bateman shouting. jlThey. went to him, and he said they all wanted to be together, as they would plead guilty to both charges. P.S. Brierley had previously eautiened them. On thQ me day witness was conveying them by the 3.10 p.m. train from Ledbury, to Hereford, when they pointed out to him the church they broke into (Yarkhill Church), and that they had nothing from the box. P.S. Brierley corroborated the latter part ef the evidence ef P.S. Matthews. This completed the evidence for the prosecu- tion in the first case. The prisoners were then charged and the two older -prisoners said the money they had was their own. Charles Batemen said he had his 3d given him, John Bateman said he earned his 3s 9d at Leicester, and Herbert Bateman said he earned his coming along OR the journey. Prisoners were then formally committed %)r trial at Herefordshire Assizes on July 3rd. THE BOOKING OFFICE CHARGE. Mr J Rogers (Malvern) appeared on behalf of the G. W.R. Co. to prosecute. Herbert Charles Talboys, porter in the employ of the G. W.R. Co. at Ledbury, living at Park View, Newbury Park, said he was on duty at Ledbury Station on the night of Saturday, June 6th, and locked up the booking office at 3.15 on Sunday morning, when everything was in order so far as he knew. John Bateman You want to be more careful ia your time. It was a quarfcer-to-three when we went in and at five minutes past three we were aornewhene else. Witness It was quafter-past three when I locked up after I had finished work. Thomas Bailey, stationna aster at the Ledbury Station, said he was called to the station on Sunday, June 7 at 7.30. He found the window broken in such a way that a person could get in. Inside the booking office the clerk's cash drawer, front and bottom, was broken, and also the front of a loeked drawer next to it. Another drawer under the broken window was burst open. There was no money left in any of those three drawers. On the counter was a mis- cellaneous collection of articles, small tools, be- longing to the Company. He gave information to the police at once. Edwm John Jakeway, of Rose Villa, Newbury Park, Ledbury, assistant booking clerk at Led- btry station, said he saw some money, in a drawer at the booking office on June 6. On Monday, June 8, he saw the drawer in which the money had been, and it was gone. Mr Rogers said they could not prove the amount of the money in the drawer as the book- ing clerk was at present away on holiday. P.S. Brierley said be received information of the affair by the telephone on Sunday morning, June 7. He found that entrance had been gained through a window on the platform. The window was broken, the glass evidently having been cut by a glass-cutter, and there was a quan- tity of glass on the top of Wyman's bookstall. Entrance had been gained by getting 08 top of bookstall. Three drawers had been broken open, and the articles on the counter (corkscrew, seissors, etc.) had evidently been used to force open the drawers. On June 8 prisoners were at Ledbury on the previous charge of breaking into Yarkhill Church, and he charged them with breaking and entering into the booking office at Ledbury Railway Station, and with stealing qs 7d, the property of the G.W.R during the might of June 6. Prisoners made no reply. After be had charged them he was in the Court and heard someone call Sergeant." He vent te the cells and found it vas John Bateman, who asked if he could see his mates (they were in different cells). He let him see them and whea they were together John Bateman said What are we to do ? It's all up. Let us plead guilty." Both Charles and Herbert. Bateman said Yes." Later that day he was taking the prisoners their dinner, and John said "You understand, Sergeant, we don't want any more remands." Charles Bateman, asked if they had any ques- tions to ask, said 44 All correct, sir." P. C. Matthews repeated parts of his evidence as to the arrest of the prisoners, and corroborated the evidence of P.S. Brierley as to his conyersa- with the prisoners. Prisoners were then'formally charged and committed for trial. They bad nothing to say. THE THEFT OF THE BOOTS. I This was the third and last charge to be heard. Lewis Christopher, of 90, Homend-street, Ledbury, porter in the employ of the G. W.R. Co. at Ledbury railway station, said he left a pair of boots in the porter's room at Ledbury Station on Saturday, June 6. He identified the boots produced as his, and valued them at 9s. He missed the boots just after dinner on Sunday, June 7. The brown shoes (produced) were left there. Charles Bateman: All correct sir. I did take 'em. I wanted the boots very badly. P.S. Brierley said when prisoners were at the Police Station on Monday, June 8, he noticed Charles Bateman was wearing a better pair of boots than the others. Witness asked him how long he had had them, and he said "Two or three days," and that they had been given him on the road. Witness was not satisfied, and asked Charles Bateman to take the boots off and Lewis Christopher identified them. He charged prisoners with the theft, but they made no reply. Charles Bateman All correct, sir. Yoa gave me another pair of boots, didn't you. P.S. Brierley Yes, but not the pair you are charged with stealing. Prisoners were then charged, and committed for trial. John Bateman said he knew nothing about the boots, and Herbert Bateman said he knew nothing about them either. Prisoners were also committed for trial on this charge.