Prisoner Hunt -Exciting Escape – Found Hidden In A Drain Pipe.

April 1909

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Tuesday 13 April 1909

Prisoner Hunt near Doncaster
Exciting Escape and Re-Capture
Found Hidden In A Drain Pipe.

At Doncaster West Riding Court, yesterday, Daniel Jones, collier, and Fred Saxon, horsekeeper, Conisborough, were remanded a charge of killing and stealing lamb, the property of Mr. J. T. Waterhouse, farmer, Braithwell.

It was stated that the men were chased by the son of the owner of the lamb nearly to Conisborough. He captured Jones, and borrowed a trap to drive him to the Conisborough Police Station, but the prisoner leaped out and got clean away.

Information was given to the police, and P.c. Lundy, who went in search of the prisoners, found that Jones had crawled up a big drain pipe, about a field’s length away from where he escaped from the trap.

The constable could see his feet just at the end of the pipe. He afterwards apprehended Saxon.

Both prisoners pleaded that they had had drink, or they would not have done what they did. Saxon was granted bail.