Gamblers Caught at New Conisborough.

April 1901

Mexborough and Swinton Times April 26.

Gamblers Caught at New Conisborough.

Herbert Nicholas, filler, Nathan Perry, John Gannon, George Turner, Frank Noble, miners, of New Conisborough, and Edward Prendergast, filler, Denaby, were all summoned for gaming with coins by tossing at New Conisborough on the 13th. April.

Only Turner appeared, and he pleaded not guilty

PC Barnett said that on Saturday, the 13th, about 5 pm, he was on duty near the Denaby Main Hotel, in plain clothes, in company with PS Brown, and PC Kilner, when they saw the defendant and the others from where they were concealed, along with a lot of men they did not know. They could hear frequent expressions of “tanners” on tails, etc. Then some men warned them that the police were watching them. The police then went out and told the defendants they would be reported.

PS Brown, corroborated.

The defendant said he was not with the defendants. That was the first time it had been before the magistrates, and he had not gambled a halfpenny in his life.

Supt Blake: Were you not summoned on August 22, 1899, for being drunk and disorderly?

Defendant: No, Sir – have you ever lived at Broomhill – 15 years.

Supt Blake: were you summoned on 17 May for game trespass, and fined 10 shillings and costs?

Defendant: No, Sir.

Various other offences were read out by Supt Blake which the defendant denied.

Nicholas, Perry, Noble and Prendergast were fined 7/6 and the costs, and Gannon and Turner were fined 5 shillings and costs.

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