Burglary at Admiral Clinton Baker's

Hertfordshire Mercury, 9th January 1931



Albert Williams (27) , a tinsmith , committed from Hertford , on December 13 , was charged with breaking and entering the house of Admiral Sir Lewis Clinton Baker , at Bayford , in August .

Major S. M. Noakes prosecuting , said that the articles missing were a silver wrist watch , a blue enamel clock , a silver watch , a vest pocket camera , and a rain cloak , together valued at  £26 .

Prisoner, who was now serving a sentence of 12 months at Pentonville , said the cases round the district he wanted taken into consideration , were when he broke into Harpenden Cricket Club pavilion , in July ; Kennelwood , Hatfield , on the night of August  10-11 ; Lower Woodside , Hatfield , on the night of  August 11-12 ;  Woolmers , Hertingfordbury , between August 12-13 . Prisoner also told the Court that he had furnished the prison authorities with a list of  other offences , and he wanted to know his position with regard to them , as he did not want to be brought up again . There were , he said , about 20 other offences not mentioned by the Police .

The Chairman conferred with Superintendent Farrow , of Hertford , and then he said he hoped the Police of other districts would not take any further action with regard to crimes of a similar nature to those mentioned , but if anything of a more serious nature was found against the prisoner it would be a different matter .

Prisoner would go to penal servitude for three years , to run concurrently with the sentence he was now serving .

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