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ROSS v. LEDBURY. III

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I THE TARRINGTON BURGLARY.

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I THE TARRINGTON BURGLARY. Further PoI;co Court Hearing. On Saturday morning at trip Ledbury Polite Court, before Mr Spencer II Bickham, William Crawley and Wiltiam Slater, two fruit-pickers engaged at Poolend, Pixley, were again brought up in custody on a charge of burglariously entering the shop of Walter A Bough, of Lower Eastwood, near Tarrington, on the night of Thursday, June 20, and stealing therefrom a quantity of goods, as detailed in our report of the pre- vious bearing of the case last week. The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr C B Mase- field) Have you any further evidence against the prisoners ? Supt. Williams said he had not. Mr Bickham (to prisoner Slater) You are discharged. Slater: Thank you, sir. He then went on to ask to be allowed some compensation for his week's imprisonment. It was not his fault he had been arrested. He wanted to get back to Wednesbury, and he knew Mr Pritchett (his employer) would not pay his fare back. The Magistrate told Slater that the Court could not grant compensation, and he then stepped down from the dock evidently pleased with himself at securing his liberty. The other prisoner, Crawley, was then formally charged, and electing to give evidence was sworn. In the witness box Crawley admitted that he had a quantity of tobacco on him which he offered for sale, which was given him by another strawberry picker named Roach. In reply to Supt. Williams, prisoner said he had only known Roach a few days. Roach gave him a quantity of tobacco and two new pocket knives, and he sold the tobacco for a check valued at 4d. The small broken-bladed table knife found on Slater did not belong to him (prisoner) as had been stated by Slater, but was the property of Roach, who lent it to him (Crawley) to cut up his food. Supt. Williams How came it to be in Slater's possession when h6 was searched by the police ?—Prisoner: He borrowed it off me to cut up his food. Prisoner, in further cross-examination, admitted he had two knives on him when arrested, but one of them he use'd for shaving. Subt. Williams: You could not shave with that, I am sure ?—Prisoner Oh, yes, I could. In reply to questions by the Magistrates' Clerk, prisoner stated emphatically that he left the Trumpet Inn at 10 o'clock on the night of Thursday, June 25, and went straight to Poolend, reaching there about 10-15 p.m. There were 13 or 14 men sleeping in the same room as him. Asked to account for the evidence of the witness Farr at a previous hearing that prisoner offered to sell him a new pocket knife for 2d, and showed Farr three or four of the same sort at the time, prisoner said he had only two. He could not say who he sold the two knives to, but he had 2d. for one and 3d. for the other off a man who was working in the strawberry grounds. He admitted he had two packets of cigar- ettes, and that he tried to sell one of them. Further cross-examined, prisoner admitted offering a strawberry picker named Taylor a new pocket knife for 2d., but denied that he told Taylor he could have six for a shilling. He did tell Taylor he could have two. It was not true, as Taylor said, that prisoner fetched six knives. He did not question Taylor on the point when he gave his evidence, as he did not hear Taylor say he offered him six knives for a shilling. Respecting the man Roach, P.C. Matthews said that in company with Supt. Williams he went to Poolend on June 27th and searched the man Roach, and nothing was found on him. He was not detained, as there was no evidence against him. Supt. Williams said Roach told them that he was leaving the district that day (Satur- day). Crawley was then formally committed to take his trial at the Hereford Quarter Sessionsl,and was removed in custody.

HEREFORDSHIRE ASSIZES. I

ILUNCHEON AND FETE AT REDMARLEY.

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GREATNESS THE REWARD OF SERVICE.

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