Fowl stealing at Cuffley

Hertfordshire Mercury, 7th July 1906


George William Squires, of Lower Edmonton, and Edward Leyton, of no fixed abode, were brought up on remand charged with stealing twenty chickens, value £1. 5s. , the property of Mr Arthur Miller, at Cuffley on June 25th.

The evidence given at the previous hearing, and which was reported in our last issue, was read over.

Dectective Neil said that in addition to the statement made by the prisoners last week, Leyton later on said “We might as well own up and say we went and got the fowls”, and Squires said ” Yes, that’s right.”

Mr Mitchell said that twenty chickens were missing, but ten had been recovered. He valued those missing at 12s. 6d. Defendants elect to have the case settled at once, and pleaded guilty.

Dectective Neil handed in a list of previous convictions against Squires, and said he had been unable to trace any previous convictions against Leyton. Just previous to the arrest of the defendants they had received a number of complaints of fowl-stealing in the district.

The Chairman: You don’t know that they did it?

Witness: No, but we have had nothing occur since.

Squires was sent to three months’ hard labour and Leyton to six weeks’ hard labour.


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