A crafty move!

Hertfordshire Mercury, 7th October 1916


John Griffin, 63, of Welwyn, did not appear to answer a charge of stealing potatoes at Welwyn on 31st July.

William Baron, of Linces Farm, said that he had had potatoes growing in a field by the side of the roadway near the farm.  He noticed that someone had been getting the potatoes out, but had been putting the potato tops back into the ground.

Mrs Alice Hill, of Cemetery Cottages, Welwyn, said that she had seen Griffin, who at the time worked for Baron, on his hands and knees pulling up the potatoes which he then put in his pockets.

William Harwood, of Linces Cottages, said that he had been present in the kitchen when the defendant had taken some potatoes from a basket, and that the defendant had said that Mr Baron had given them to him.

PS Wood said that the defendant had no fixed abode but lodged at this time at the Railway Tavern.

In reply to the Chairman of the Bench, Mr Baron said that he had not given the defendant permission to take any of the potatoes. The Bench imposed a fine of 10 shillings, or 7 days.

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