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Wednesday 3rd June 2020  

Theft of cigars from the King William IV

Loughborough Advertiser - August 8th 1872

On Friday last, two tramps who said their names were George Freeman and Samuel Thompson, were charged at the Loughborough Police Court with stealing a box of cigars value 6s 6d, the property of Joseph Kinch, a beerhouse keeper at Quorndon, on 2nd inst - Both parties were remanded till yesterday (Wed) when they were again brought up.

From the evidence it appeared that the cigars had, at the time of the offence, just been purchased from Mr George Wooding of Loughborough, defendants entering the house and calling for a pint of ale soon afterwards when they took the box off the table. After they left the cigars were missed, and information was given to PC Higgs who made a search for the prisoners who he found coming towards Loughborough. Find nothing upon them to connect them with the robbery, he left them. The officer, however thinking they answered the description of the thieves, revisted them, and this time they had the cigars upon them, they evidently having concealed them for a little while after the robbery. The constable afterwards found the empty box in a field they had passed.

Prisoners were each sentenced to 2 months hard labour.

 Submitted on: 2009-07-19
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 371

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