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1881: Hard labour and prison for smashing a window in South Road

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

West Sussex County Times - Saturday 30 April 1881


AT THE Petty Session House on Tuesday, before Mr. C. L. Peel (in the chair) and Admiral Pakenham, George Fletcher a member of the tramping fraternity, was charged with breaking a window of Mr. Miller's shop, at Hayward's Heath, on the previous day.

Prisoner went to Mr. Miller's shop, in South Road, on Monday and begged, and being refused assistance amused himself by breaking the window of the shop with his fist. In July last, prisoner committed a similar offence at Lindfield, but was not apprehended.

South Road, Haywards Heath c1905 courtesy of John Twisleton 'Celebrating Haywards Heath' Blogspot

A warrant was issued against him and on Tuesday he was also charged with the offence at Lindfield. For the damage at Hayward's Heath the prisoner was sentenced to a month's imprisonment with hard labour, and for the offence in July to a fortnight's imprisonment with hard labour, the second sentence to commence at the expiration of the first.



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