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Theft at Quorn - 1899

Loughborough Monitor and Herald

Ann Keyte, widow, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a quantity of hose on the 21st inst from the house of Frank Mee, joiner, Quorn. PC Taylor stated that at five o’clock on Tuesday afternoon he was in Cobden-street, Loughborough, when he saw the prisoner, whom he thought answered the description of a woman wanted for stealing some hose at Quorn. He stopped her, and found she had a bundle under one arm , and some boots under the other. She said she only had some old rags in the bundle. He took her to the police station, and in the bundle found the three pairs of hose produced. She said they were her property, as she bought and sold things. He took the hose to the prosecutor, who identified them as part of those that were stolen from his house.

Prosecutor stated that he missed a dozen hose from an outhouse early on Monday morning. They formed part of a quantity which his wife was mending. Prisoner came to his house between 5 and 5.30 on Sunday for some hot water to make tea. He valued the hose at 4s. The Chairman remarked that an outhouse was not a very proper place to store such goods. Prosecutor said the outhouse was a lock-up one, but it was not locked up at the time of the robbery, as it was broad daylight. Prisoner, who elected to be dealt with by the Court, pleaded not guilty. She said she bought them off some persons on the road about a fortnight ago. Prosecutor said he had only had the goods in his possession five or six days. Prisoner said she came from Scotland four years ago, and had been travelling since. Fined £1 or seven days’ hard labour.

   
 Submitted on: 2011-09-20
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1402
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