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ATTACK ON GAMEKEEPERS.

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ATTACK ON GAMEKEEPERS. ♦ SERIOUS AFFRAY AT WEAVERHAM. NORTHWICH MEN FINED. At Eddisbury Petty Sessions on Monday, before Colonel Lascelles and other magistrates, James Platt and his son, Frederick Platt, respcct- ably-dressed labourers, belonging to Wallace- :itrect, Northwich, were summoned for trespassing in tne daytime on land at Weaverham belonging to the Cheshire Lines Committee, in search of game, on December 20th. They were also summoned for assaulting James Hindley and Samuel Hindiey, gamekeepers to Mr. J. B. Littiedaie, at tHe same time. Mr. A. Fletcher, Northwich, who .conducted the prosecution, said that at 8..ill a.m. on Sunday, Uecembe, 20th, the two keepers found defendants on the railway embankment, where they were engaged in ferreting. and had actually taken rabbits. John Platt, on being asked his name, said it was Charles Bell, of Noriey, and that Frederick Platt's name was Frederick Bell, of iiie same village. The gamekeepers had Pii intimate acquaintance with Noriey people, and, suspecting that the names were fictitious, they insisted on detaining the nun. Defendants resisted the de- tcntion, and eventually committed .a very violent assault on both the keepers. James Hindley said he wa.i gamekeeper to Mr. Littiedaie, and on the day in question he was on duty on his employer's estate near the .place where the North-Wtstern and Cheshire Lines raiIwRw. crossed each other. He saw dle elder defendant in the act of taking a ferret out of a hole and the yoonger one holding a rabbit in his hand. tie spoke to the eldcr defendant, who said he was only having a bit of fun, adding that he came from .Noriey, and that Charles Bell was his name. He said his companion was named Frederick Bell. Witness tried to detain the men. John Piatt butted him on the head, and, overpowering him, struck his finger with a clog. Samuel Hindley. his father, came up, and Frederick Platt attacked him also as he was assisting witness, calling out Loose him loose him, or I'll knife .vou 1" The yolinger defenda-nt struck wl father on the head three times with a stick. Witness followed defendants to Northwich, and, in company with ait d in company w, t -? P.C. Meredith, of Sandiway, lie found the vouns-er defen.Ga.nt, who admitted having committed tie offence. He learnt that. the cider defendant worked at the Noriey Sanatorium as a labourer. He afterwards saw the elder man, and he also admitted the trespass and assault. Samuel Hindley, gmekceper, who had a dress- ing on his falee, said that while he was taking out his book to make a note of the names defendants had given him they started off, and he called to his son to close with them. He himself wrestled with Frederick Piatt until he was breathless, when his antagonist got away. By tliat time John Platt had got his (witness ) son against the fence, and, treading on one of his hands, he butted him into the quick net hedge as hard as he could. Witness pulled Piatt away and called to his son to seize him again. The younger defendant then jumped over the fence, shouting Loose him I will knife you Loose him I will knife you both." Witness again cJosed with him, and together they went down the embankment. Frederick Platt wrenched his stick out of his (witness') hand, and struck him three times on the face with it. Defendants eventually got away. Superintendent Simpson, of the Cheshire Lines police, said he knew the place in question. Nobody save Mr. Littiedaie had the right to take the rabbits. They were killed by his gamekeeepers. assisted by the platelayers, to prevent their damaging the embankment, P.C. Meredith said that on Deecemfoer 20th he accompanied James Hindley to Northwich. He saw Frederick Piatt, and took. him to the police station. Defendant said the keepers attacked him and his father first. With regard to his threat to knife" them, he admitted uttering it in the heat of his temper. James Piatt stated that when the two keepers approached him and his companion they did not know who they were. The young keeper caught him by the throat and knocked him on to the em- bankment, while the other keeper struck him on the head. Both of them kneit on his stomach, 11 I I  e and he thought he was dying. His son, 14-redii. Piatt, having come to his rescue, he succeeded in getting James Hindley against the fence, and told him he did not wish to assault him. Samuel Hindley came up behind him and struck him three times on the head with half a brick, causing him to bleed profusely, so that he nearly fainted on his way home. Frederick Platt said thai, both the gamekeepers a^.acked his father. He went to them and took the old keeper's stick, and rescued hi" father. He then walked away. After a private consultation of about 25 minutes' duration, the Chairman announced that the Bench were satisfied that both cases had been proved. For the trespass they fined defendants 10s. and costs each. They considered that the assault was a very bad one, and was very different from the ordinary poaching case. It was an aggravated assault, and in the opinion of the Bench de- fendants ought to have gone to prison without the option of a fine, and only the consideration that the proseecutor had expressed a wish that they should not be sent to prison prevented the magis- trates from sending them there. The fine, how- ever, must be a heavy one. Each defeiidant would have to pay JE5, or go to gaol for one month. Defendants were allowed a fortnight to pay. T^he total amount of the fine vois £5 1-8s. 6d. each (including costs).

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