Don't make a habit of trespassing and stealing

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th January 1918



David Patmore (23), Bert Sharp (20), and William Jones (17), all of Colliers End, were charged with trespassing in search of conies on land in the occupation of Mr F.J. Parkins, on 27th December.  They all pleaded not guilty.

Mr Parkins stated that, at about 2.30 p.m. on that afternoon, he had caught the three defendants ferretting for rabbits in his field.  He had taken their ferret as it had come out of a hole, and they had abused him.  They had had a dog, and a ferret, and their pockets were stuffed full of rabbits.  Patmore and Jones said that a few days before the 27th., Sharp’s ferret had strayed away and that they were back trying to find it when Mr Parkins had come along.

Superintendent Handley stated that there were previous convictions against both Jones and Sharp for other offences, and that he had had several complaints made against them during the previous month.  Patmore, however, had nothing recorded against him.

A fine of 12s in each case was inflicted.

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