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The Preston Chronicle

Saturday 2 July 1831

William Riding, 30, was charged, conjointly with William Whittaker, and Henry Ellis, with stealing at Colne, ten hens, and one cock, the property of John Phillips, but the other two parties were not in custody, and as the case did not appear strong against the prisoner, he was discharged on his own recognizance to take his trial when called upon.

Richard Hamby, 25, was found guilty of stealing, on the night of the 30th May, a quantity of cotton warp, &c., at Burnley, the property of Geo. Pollard, and sentenced to 12 months' hard labour.

John Savage, 47, a decent looking man, was charged with stealing at Burnley, on the 7th June, a pair of shoes, the property of Edward Watson. The prosecutor is a publican, and on the night in question, the prisoner came into his house drunk, and without shoes on, and sat down on a chair, beneath which his son (as was stated in evidence by the latter) had left his shoes on going to bed, at a quarter past ten. The prisoner wanted to sleep in the stable, but being in liquor, the chair slipped back, and he fell forward to the ground. He got up and prosecutor then saw he had a pair of shoes under his arm. Not then suspecting him, he allowed him to go soon after. Prisoner said, he had been for years a workman in Liverpool, where he was well known, that he was on his way to Mr. Watson's, of Blackburn, where he had been promised work; that on the night in questions, he was so drunk that he did not know what he did, or where he was, that he had still on the same long worn shoes with which he had left Stonyhurst (which he exhibited) and that he was incapable of committing such an act as stealing the boy's shoes. The prosecutor added that when he, next day, accused the prisoner of the theft he (the prisoner) nipped up a poker and attempted to knock him down with it. The Jury found the prisoner not guilty, and he was discharged.

Wm. Clough,, 19, Joseph Astin, 26, and Anson Sagar, 27, were charged with having riotously assembled together, and violently assaulted Wm. Landless, and others, at Marsden. Wm. Landless, agent to colonel Hargreaves, said, that on the 18th of April, there was a general turn out at their colliery, and they took fresh men, who were lodged in barracks made for them near the pit. On the 15th June, towards night, a mob of colliers, perhaps 100 in number, came to the coal-pit road top, some of them armed with peeled oak sticks of an inch or an inch and a half in diameter. Several of them wanted to go to the pit, about 150 yards off, as they said, to knock the men off. Six of them went into the road, when they were told it was private property, and they must not come there. They then commenced throwing stones, one of which hit witness. He could not speak positively to any of the prisoners being amongst them. They said they wanted to kill them, and had come with that intention. He sent for the military but they had dispersed before they arrived.
Joshua Blakeborough said, that Clough and Astin were amongst the foremost of the mob. John Brown also swore to Clough. Several witnesses said, that they threatened to come back and kill them in the night time, and one heard them say they would come back and drive them away.
The prisoner, Clough, declared he was not there; that he was at home weaving hard for his bread, and that he could have brought plenty of witnesses to prove it, but he had no money to pay them, and that was the way a poor man was lost.
Several witnesses swore an alibi as regarded Sagar. The jury found Clough and Astin guilty, Sagar not guilty. Sagar was accordingly discharged and the other prisoners were sent down until Saturday, (this day) when a case is to come on connected with these disturbances.

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