The wrong trousers - petty sessions

Hertfordshire Mercury, 8th December 1906

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Alfred Shepherd, Walter Avis, and Claud Pond, of Cheshunt were charged with stealing a pair of cord trousers from outside the shop of Mr Arthur Selway, Turner’s Hill.

William Judd, of Gews Corner, Cheshunt, stated that on the 3rd. inst. he saw Pond in Turner’s Hill with something under his coat. Avis put his hand under Pond’s coat and pulled out a ticket which he threw away. Witness went to Mr Selway’s shop, as they were near there at the time, and asked whether he had lost anything. Shepherd was about 12 yards away from the other men. Arthur Selway said the trousers had been lying on a chair outside the shop.

P.S. Newton stated that he had caught Pond and asked him what he had done with the trousers, and Pond replied that he had not taken them. Witness afterwards arrested the other men. He also found the price ticket produced in a garden near to Selway’s shop.

P.C. Stride stated that he saw Pond before he was arrested near Clarendon Road. When Pond saw him he ran away and witness followed. Witness noticed he had something under his arm. Witness then sent Newton, who had a bicycle, after him, and he was arrested in Windmill Lane. Pond had not then got the parcel, but witness found it in a field near where he was arrested. The other prisoners were near Pond when witness first saw them. P.S. Crow said that when Pond was charged at the Police Station he said he went outside the shop with Avis and took the trousers. Shepherd was look-out for them. He (Pond) got the trousers and they all ran away, and Avis told him to run across the field. The other men when arrested said they knew nothing about the trousers.

Shepherd was here discharged, and the other men pleaded guilty.

They were each sentenced to one month’s hard labour.

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