Proper pickle - theft from Hatfield show

Hertfordshire Mercury, 3rd August 1907


Charles Gilbert, of 8, Berner’s Street, London, a groom, was charged on remand with stealing a jar of pickles, valued at 2s. 6d. , the property of Thomas Slater, at Hatfield, on July 25th. P. C. Wright stated that on Thursday, July 25th, he was on duty at the Agricultural Show at Hatfield when he saw the defendant acting in a suspicious manner, and as he had a parcel under his arm asked him what he had got in it. The defendant replied they were only pickles which he had got from his sister in Barnet. Not being satisfied, witness detained him and made enquiries of Mr Slater, the caterer, who identified  the pickles as his property, and said he had missed them. Thomas Slater, of High Street, St Albans, caterer, identified the pickles as his property, stated they  were stolen from the tent reserved  for the stockmen to have their dinner in at the show. He had warned the defendant off the premises that morning, having seen him acting suspiciously. The defendant pleaded guilty, and said there were two more in it beside himself. Inspector Barnes said there were no previous convictions against the defendant, who had been in good service at different times, but had come down through drink. The Chairman: Where are you going to? Defendant: Leicestershire. The Chairman: Got any money? Defendant: No. The Chairman: You will be sent to prison for seven days with hard labour.

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