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1864: Harsh Sentences for local lawbreakers

Brighton Gazette - Thursday 27 October 1864


Special Bench of Magistrates, Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Present—Capt. Sergison, and W. BURRELL, Esq.

William Armytage, a poor destitute-looking shoemaker, aged about 42, was charged with stealing, at Cuckfield, on the 19th February, 1863, a pair of Oxford shoes, the property of Thomas Larkin, of Ireland, licensed hawker.

Prisoner, after stealing the above shoes (highlows), sold them to a shoemaker, at Lindfield, named Allen Davey, for two shillings. He was convicted and sentenced to three calendar months in Lewes Prison, with hard labour.

The Talbot circa 1874; local petty crimes were tried on the first floor of the building in the 1860s

Ned Anscombe, of Cuckfield, labourer’s son, aged “ten years next month,” was charged with stealing a carpenter’s 'rule on the 12th inst., the property of James Charters, of Cuckfield, carpenter. Prisoner stole the above rule from a building at Whiteman’s Green, Cuckfield, being fitted up for a library or reading room, for the use of the poorer classes.

Anscombe was convicted, and sentenced to be whipped, by Superintendent Akehurst, with twelve strokes with a birch rod.



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