Mexborough and Swinton Times, October 4.
Conisbrough Poacher Caught.
John Henry Biggs, glass hand, Conisbrough, was summoned for having committed a breach of the Poaching Prevention Act.
Police Constable Duffin stated that at 11:20 am on Tuesday, September 24 he saw the defendant on the Low road at Conisbrough. Noticing the defendant’s pockets were bulky, he went towards the defendant, who ran into a closet of the Three Horse Shoes Inn.
The witness follow him and found him standing behind the door. He asked him what he was doing there, and he said “Nothing.” The witness searched him on the highway, and found in his possession a poacher’s bag and two rabbits in his pocket, which were quite warm. He also had a quantity of mushrooms.
The defendant made no reply in answer to a question, and asked how he came by the rabbits.
His boots and trouser bottoms were wet, and his close covered with rabbit fur.
Police Sgt Philipson, who was in company with the last witness, gave similar evidence.
There were two previous convictions and the bench imposed a penalty of 40 shillings, including costs. “If you come here again you will be fined five pounds,” remarked the Chairman.