A smart capture

Herfordshire Mercury, 19th June, 1915


At a special Bench at Bishop’s Stortford on Monday, before Capt L.A. Routledge, George Mansfield, dealer, of 62 South Street, was charged with stealing 128 lbs. of lead, value £1 12s., the property of the Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow Gas Company, at Bishop’s Stortford on the 12th inst..  PS Megaughey said that on Saturday afternoon he was in South Street and saw the prisoner driving a barrow.

He went with it into the gateway of Mr Careless, marine store dealer, but as there was a cart in the gateway came out again with the truck.  The witness asked him what he had got on it, and he replied: ‘A few rag and bones.’  The witness said: ‘I should say it’s lead,’ and on examining the contents of the truck found it consisted of lead.  He showed it to the accused and took him to the police station.

The magistrate remanded the prisoner.

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