Clamping down - thefts from clamps

Hertfordshire Mercury, 16th March 1907

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Emily Napper, a married woman, of Hatfield Hyde, pleaded guilty to stealing swedes, value 2d., the property of Messrs A. J. Sherriff and Sons on February 22nd. P. C. Lawman, of Stanborough, stated that at 5.20 p.m. on Friday, 22nd. ult, he was on duty in Sawmill Lane, near Hertford Road, when he saw defendant carrying some swedes. He stopped her and asked where she had got them from, and she replied ”From a a clamp in Mr Sherriff’s field where my husband was getting some out.” He asked if permission had been obtained and she replied ”Mr Sherriff said we could have a few.” He afterwards saw Mr Sherriff who said no permission had been given. Mr W. F. Sherriff stated that defendant’s husband had been working for them for about two months. He had not given permission for any swedes to be taken away. The Bench dealt with the defendant under the First Offenders’ Act , and bound her over.

Hannah Sharpe, married woman, of Hatfield Hyde, pleaded guilty to stealing potatoes, value 9d., on the same occasion. P. C. Lawman stated that at the same time as the previous case he saw Mrs Sharpe carrying a bag with potatoes in it. She said she had taken them from a clamp in Mr Sherriff’s field where she had been at work, and added that Mr Sherriff told them they could have a few. Mr Sherriff said the defendant and her husband had been in his employ. When they were picking potatoes he gave them one or two to take home, but that did not apply to always. The Bench dealt with this woman similarly to the previous one, and bound her over.

 

 

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