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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:39 am 
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Preston Chronicle

Saturday 17 September 1842

Capture of a Thief Nearly Two Years After The Theft

Richard Ingham, who had been previously examined, on Tuesday week, on a charge of stelaing abull's hide, the property of George Pilkington, and was remanded until Saturday, was again brought up on that day for further examination, and, the case being fully gone into, he was fully committed for trial at the ensuing sessions. The felony was committed so long ago as November, 1840. George Pilkington, of Hapton, innkeeper, deposed, that on the eleventh of November, 1840, he lost the hide of a bull, which he had purchased from a farmer. The hide, and a piece of beef, were stolen the same day they were purchased. The hide bring produced to the witness, he identified it as the one which had been stolen from him. The police-constable also produced a horn, which the prosecutor had cut from the hide the day he purchased it. This he now identified. Robert Shepherd, police constable, of Ormskirk, deposed, that on the night of the 10th or 11th of November, 180, he met on the road, between Burnley and Blackburn, the prisoner carrying a bag. On inquiring what he had in the bag, he replied that he had a cow's hide in it, and a piece of beef. He said his father had sent him with it to Accrington, to a butcher's, to sell. Deponent accompanied him to the butcher's, who refused to purchase it. Deponent then brought him to the station-house, and, on searching him, he found in it a hide, a piece of beef, and a horn which had been previously sawn off. The horn was delivered to Robt. Marquis, police-constable, and was in his possession ever since. The prisoner, during the night of the 11th of November, 1840, made his escape out of custody, and was not seen until Monday, the 5th instant, when he was arrested on Preston race-course, by police-constable Thomas Stones, from whose custody he had previously escaped, and wqas of course instantly arrested. The prisoner was fully committed for trial. Blackburn Standard.

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