Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Saturday 30 September 1899
After the Rabbits at Melton.
This morning, at the Doncaster West Riding Police Court, William Blount and Martin Murphy, miners, New Conisborough, were charged with trespassing search of conies Melton on 26th September.
Two keepers said they saw the men on a road close to a hedge. Blount had a gun, and he shot at a rabbit over the fence, but it got away.
They went up to the men, who were again loading the gun.
Defendants said they never saw a rabbit.
Blount was fined 20s. and costs, and Murphy 10s. and costs.