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Soldiers fined for taking army truck - 1953

Loughborough Monitor - 26th June 1953

Two Quorn soldiers who drove away an Army truck without permission had second thoughts and turned back. But before they could reach their camp, they were stopped by the police.

They were Robert Hogg-Patterson and William Lovatt Turner, both of the 16th/5th Lancers, stationed at Quorn Camp. Both pleaded guilty at Loughborough on Tuesday.

Hogg-Patterson was fined £10, and Turner £5. Mr T M Ll. Walters, prosecuting, told the court that Hogg-Patterson persuaded Turner to go “on the run” with him and take the lorry. But Turner later persuaded him that were “a couple of fools and had better turn back”.

They did so, but as they were passing through Derby, a police patrol car, which had received a message about the missing truck, stopped them. Mr Walters alleged that Hogg-Patterson had admitted in a statement that Turner had repeatedly told him to turn back. Later, in the same court, Hogg-Patterson was charged with shop-breaking at Quorn. He was alledged to have broken into the premises of the Quorn Co-operative Society and to have stolen two pounds of apples.

He was committed on bail to Derby Quarter Sessions for trial.

Mr William Seagrave, manager of the shop, said he found a window broken and two doors forced. A crate of apples had been broken open and about two pounds of apples were missing. Hogg-Patterson told the court he only touched one apple and strenuously denied stealing two pounds of them.

 Submitted on: 2012-04-14
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson;
 Artefact ID: 1581
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