Conisborough Men Caught Red-Handed – After Pheasants

November 1936

Mexborough and Swinton Times November 20, 1936

After Pheasants
Conisborough Men Caught Red-Handed

Sentences of three months and two months respectively were imposed at Doncaster on Tuesday on to Conisborough men, Bernard Allen (30), minor, charged with having a .22 rifle and 39 rounds of .22 ammunition without a firearms certificate, and taking and destroying game by night; and Herbert Woodward (29), labourer, charged with taking and destroying game by night.

Mr WL Crawford, who prosecuted, said that on October 20 at 8:30 pm on the Wadworth Estate in Edlington Wood, two gamekeepers heard rifle bullets and saw the lights of two flash lamps about 30 yards away. They recognised two men, one of whom had some pheasants.

Both men pleaded guilty to taking the game, but Allen pleaded ignorance to having a rifle in his possession without a certificate.

Both were stated to have previous convictions.

The chairman of the bench, Mr GE Cook Yarborough, said the two men would be bound over for a year on their release from prison and would have to produce two sureties or go to prison for a further term.

Allen was fined £2 for having the rifle and ammunition in his possession