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PONTYPOOL. POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. AFTER A TROTTINO MATCH.—William Hughes, farmer, of Upper Houte, near Llatielly Church, Breconshire, and Gwilym Thomas Jenkins, George Hotel, Blackwood, were summoned for obstruction by racing on ibe highway at New Inn on the 5th of October.-P.C. Brown said that at 5 p.m. on the date in question he saw the defendants engaged in a trotting match on the main road leading from Pontypool and Newport, between Lower New Inn and Race Farm, Croesyceilog. They were travelling at a rate of 16 miles an hour. Lined up along the road were a number of vehicles, pedestrians, and horsemen. Only Hughes appeared and he pleaded guilty.-Ibe Bench fined the defendants 10s each. SENT TO THB ASSIZBS.—Richard Parr, a tramp- ing collier, was again placed in the dock, charged with stealing a bicycle, value jE2 10s, the property of A. H. Bissez, Oaborne-road, Pontypool. Prisoner, who gave himself up to Detective- Sergeant Gretton, at Cardiff, called at the prosecutor's shop on the llth inst., and borrowed a cycle for an hour on the pretence of going to the railway station. He did not return, but rode to Newport and sold the machine to Charles Ander, boarding-house keeper. 94, Commercial-road, for 91 15s. Prisoner pleaded guilty, but desired to be sent for trial at the Assizes. The Bench granted the request. DIIS)IRTION. -Frederick Rapson, a painter, of Pontnewynydd. was summoned for deserting his five children.—Mr Watkins, clerk to the guardians, said that when Mr Malibpant, the relieving officer, called at the prisoner's house to take his wife to the asylum, prisoner was not there at the time, and the children had to be subsequently removed to the Workhouse. Prisoner had made no inquiries about the children, although he had been living at Cwmbran with two elder children under the name of Claude Meredith. They cost the guardians X16 10s. Prisoner gave evidence on his own behalf, and said that during the latter part of June be was working at Ebbw Vale, returning home every Saturday. On the Saturday after his wife was taken away he found hia home had been broken up. When be left home he took to the house plenty of food, and when the relieving officer took the children to the Workhouse there was half a shoulder of mutton, vegetables, and bread in the cupboard. He was now in wnrk at Owmbran, and would pay back to the guardians by instalments every penny spent on the children. He was also prepared to take the children out of the Work- house and provide them with a proper home.—The Bench decided to adjourn the case for a fortnight so that Rapson could find a home for his family.

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