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1932: Alleged theft of Vicar's motor car

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 06 December 1932



The theft of the Vicar of Cuckfield's motor car from Haywards Heath on Monday last week had a sequel on the following evening, when Superintendent Fairs and Sergeant Thirkell arrested a young named Charles Wilson at Redhill Poor Law Institution.

The man was brought to Haywards Heath, where he appeared before Lieut. Colonel C. H. Farquharson at the Police Court on Wednesday morning on a charge of feloniously stealing a Morris Oxford motor car to the value of £40, at South Road. Haywards Heath, between 3.15 p.m. and 3.50 p.m. on November 28th, the property of Charles William Goodall Wilson. M.A.. of The Vicarage, Cuckfield. Prisoner was further charged with taking a motor-car without the owner's consent.

Morris Oxford c1930

Police-Sergeant Thirkell stated that at 7.15 p.m. on November 29th, he went to the Poor Law Institution at Redhill accompanied by the Superintendent. Witness saw prisoner, and told him he was a Police-Sergeant from Haywards Heath and that he would have to take him to Horley Police Station, for the purposes of an identification parade, on suspicion of stealing a motor-car at Haywards Heath on the previous day. Prisoner replied "There is no need for a parade. I took and drove it away."

On the application of Superintendent Fairs prisoner was remanded in custody until tomorrow (Wednesday).

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