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Ammanford Collier and a Christmas Turkey. 1 Mr. T. R. Ludford prosecuted, on behalf of the Great Western Railway Co., a coal- miner named Daniel Jones, 36, Bettws Road, I Ammanford, at the Llandovery Police Court on Friday last. The offence was that of stealing a plump Christmas turkey, valued at 255., on the 23rd December. The annual Christmas market was being held in the ancient borough on that date. William Mathias, Halfway, said that the turkey, which weighed about 11 lbs., had been brought to the station for despatch, and was addressed to George Thomas, 41, Ralph Terrace, Llanelly. Mr. Ludford, interposing, said that the gentleman intended having it for his Christ- mas dinner. Witness, continuing, said that shortly before the departure of the 4.5 train, defendant came on the platform, and was seen to pick up the turkey, which was duly labelled, and march off with it under his arm. The guard fol- lowed him, and asked him where he was going. He replied, Llanelly." He asked him for his name and address, and defendant gave that which was on the label, which by this time he had taken off and placed in his pocket. Mr. R. W. Price, solicitor, .Llandovery, who represented defendant, pleaded guilty, and urged in extenuation that defendant had met some friends that day and taken more whisky than was good for him. He had naturally booked by the train, and in doing what he did he had acted on the spur of the moment. had never been in a police I court before, and felt his position keenly. The Chairman of the Bench said that there was nothing against defendant before, but he was in this unfortunate position—that charges of this sort were very general on the line at the present time. A certain amount of pilfer- ing was going on continually. Hardly any- thing was coming into the town without com- plaints being received from tradesmen of thefts. They had the power to fine defendant £ 20 or send him to prison, but as this was his first offence they would fine him 16 ls. inclusive.

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