RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

County Express
incorporating
BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


Vol. 1, No. 39 ] SATURDAY, 28th., SEPTEMBER, 1867 [ Price 1d.

LOCAL AND DISTRICT PETTY SESSIONS - Monday.

"THE WAY THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY GETS UP ITS CASES:- William Humphries was charged with stealing a hamper of fruit, the property of the company. Inspector Hardwick said he apprehended the prisoner and begged the bench to grant a remand till Wednesday. This was done and the prisoner was remanded until that day, bail being accepted. - On Wednesday the case was called before J.Kitely and S.Broom Esqrs., when Mr.Henry Saunders of Kidderminster and Mr.Maltby of Stourbridge, appeared for the defendant. The company was not represented. Inspector Hardwick said for reasons he had he wished to withdraw the charge of stealing the hamper and to prefer one of stealing boots, the property of the company. From Mr.Saunders cross-examination it transpired that the witness and Sergeant Beach search the home of the prisoner without a search warrant, and after he had been taken into custody, they found two pairs of boots without any makers or factors marks, and a remnant of cloth, and some balls of worsted similar to that used in the carpet manufacture. These boots were numbered one and ten and were fit one for a girl and the other a little child. These did not fit either of the prisoners children, and as they had no tradesman's mark, and some boots had been missing, Hardwick made some enquires about them which resulted in paying Mr.Harrison, Western House, a visit, and he informed him that these boots were of the same character and similar make to some he had lost in transit from Leicester. Mr.Saunders severely cross-examined the witness, and then the bench wished to hear what Mr.Harrison could say on the matter. He said that Mr.Humphries had delt with him for some time, and he could not swear that he or some of his family had not sold her the boots. At first Mr.Harrison stated that all the boots of the sizes were marked before they left his house, but afterwards admitted that some might have been sent without a mark, and the bench at once dismissed the case amidst the cheering of a numerous audience, and thus the company, between their two stools, fell to the ground. The Great Western loose by peculation a large sum annually, and it is rather strange that so serious a charge should have been so strangely managed.

 



LOCAL AND DISTRICT PETTY SESSIONS
Old Hill - Wednesda
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"TRESPASSING ON THE RAILWAY:- Samuel Harris and Benjamin Smith, two young lads, were charged with having on the 13th. September unlawfully trespassed on the railway. The defendants pleaded guilty. The case was proved by a witness. The defendants said they were in search of rabbit meat. Ordered to pay the damage 6d. each and 5s 6d. each costs, or seven days.