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Stealing Mutton 1897

Loughborough Herald - 7th October 1897
Petty Sessions

Thomas Goodall and George Smith, labourers, of no fixed residence, were charged with stealing a quantity of meat at Quorn, on the 30th ult. William Richardson, butcher stated that on Thursday morning Smith came into the shop and asked for some boiling water to mash some tea. Witness told him he had none, and prisoner went out. Ten minutes afterwards he found a piece of mutton had gone from the shop window, and suspecting the prisoners, witness and PC Grant went after them in the direction of Loughborough in a trap, finding them on a seat near the new railway bridge at Loughborough. They had a bag between them, and the mutton was found therein. When Smith entered his shop the other prisoner was about 40 yards up the road. The mutton was worth about 1s 4d.

Frederick A Steel, errand boy, employed by the prosecutor, spoke to tracking the prisoners. PC Grant stated that Smith told him he took the mutton as he was coming out of the shop, and put it in the bag which Goodall was carrying. Goodall said he came out of the Union that morning with Smith, who gave him the bag to carry. Both men now pleaded guilty, and were fined 1, or 14 days' hard labour.

 Submitted on: 2009-07-14
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 215

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