South Yorkshire Times August 6, 1955
Stole Watch and Chain
Theft from 71 Years Old Man
A 20-year-old Denaby miner, fined £5 including costs for stealing a silver watch and chain, was advised by Mr. A. E. Emburton, chairman at Doncaster West Riding magistrates Court on Saturday not to try to “take it out of” a prosecution witness,
Martin Jennings, of Wadsworth Street, Denaby, pleaded not guilty to stealing a watch and chain valued at £5 from Thomas Egan (71), of Halifax Avenue, Conisbrough.
Chief Inspector J. W. T. Hill said that in the taproom of Denaby Main hotel, William Henry Bell Bay saw Egan cross the taproom floor. Jennings, walking with him, had one arm around Egan shoulder and was handling Egan’s watch chain with the other hand. Bellerby followed the two men and noticed that Egan’s watch and chain had disappeared.
Chief Inspector Paul said that when interviewed, Jennings said “I didn’t take the watch.”
Mr R. Pennington, for Jennings, submitted that Mr Bell may be mistaken in what he saw and that someone else was responsible for taking the watch and chain