Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 11 July 1890
The Burglary at a Darfield Public House
James Newman, alias Alfred Brannon , was charged with having burglariously entered the hones of Richard Robinson, the Victoria Inn, Snape Hill, Darfield, with intent to commit a felony therein, on Thursday, the 26th June last.
Mr. Superintendent Kane said the prosecutor went to bed at half-past ten on the night of Thursday, after seeing all the doors and windows secure. At three o’clock on Friday morning he was awoke by a noise in his bedroom. and saw the prisoner in a stooping attitude. Prisoner ran off and prosecutor followed him downstairs, and through the kitchen door, which was standing wide open.
Prisoner bolted down the road, and prosecutor followed him a quarter of a mile, cart him, and handed him over to police constable Hobson. Prisoner had not been in the house long enough to get anything, but he had tampered with the cash drawer.
Prisoner, who had nothing to say, was committed to Leeds Assizes for trial. The prisoner had been convicted at Barnsley in the name of Brannon, in 1882 and was committed for six months at the Leeds Assizes for burglary, and in 1883 was sent for 18 months at Derby sessions for stealing £11.— Prisoner was taken away in the custody of Mr. Superintendent Blake to Doncaster on a similar charge.
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