Theft of turnip tops at Thundridge

Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th May 1907


William Bignell, of Kibes Lane, Ware, was charged with stealing a quantity of turnip tops, the property of Mr Hanbury, at Thundridge on May 11th. The defendant pleaded not guilty. P.C. Frogley stated that on May 11th, at 8 a.m., he was in Wadesmill Road when he met the defendant carrying a sack full of something. He stopped him and asked what he had got, and the defendant replied that it was a little kohlrabi which he had gathered by the riverside. On looking at it witness found it was cultivated turnip tops, and then defendant said Mr Treble had given him permission to take them. Mr Treble, on being asked about them, denied  that he had given defendant permission. The turnip tops produced were similar to some growing in one of Mr Hanbury’s fields.

Mr Albert Edward Treble, bailiff to Mr E.S. Hanbury, said the turnip tops were similar to those that were growing in Mr Hanbury’s field near the cemetery . He did not know the defendant, and had not given him permission to take the tops. He valued the stolen property at 2 shillings. The defendant denied he took the tops out of Mr Hanbury’s field. He took them out of Mr Smith’s field. A fine of 10 shillings including costs was inflicted. (Mr Hanbury did not adjudicate in this case).

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