CrimeA Selection of News Articles Related to Crime

  • 1 Fines for six people

    29 October 1972

  • 2 John Colwill of Ford Farm

    4 March 1955

  • 3 Larceny

    24 February 1950

  • Fines for six people

    29 October 1972

    Five local people were each fined £4 by Bideford magistrates for leaving their cars at night without lights.

    1972 fines for people driving cars without lights

    The five – Desmond Joseph Thorn of 2 Silver Street, Appledore; Rodney James Burland of 12 Forresters Road, Holsworthy; Andrew John Pedrick of 30 Brookfield Street, Bideford; David Harvey of 2 Quay House, Appledore; Christen Ronny Rudolf Svensson of 7a Dartinton Fields – all pleaded guilty.
    For a similar offence John William Hacker of 4 Myrtle Grove, Bideford, was fined £3.

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  • John Colwill of Ford Farm

    4 March 1955

    ‘I plead guilty, although it was no fault of mine’ wrote John Colwill, of Ford Farm, Hartland, when he was summoned before Bideford Magistrates on Tuesday for allowing seven yearling cattle to stray on the Hartland-Baxworthy Cross road on January 30th.

    4.3.1955 Hartland cattle

    Police Constable Richards told the Bench the cattle were straying a mile from Colwill’s farm. Defendant’s son had said the cattle had been in the orchard and had admitted there was no fence at the top of the road bank. Witness added that he found a path of some standing down over the bank to the road.
    In a

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  • Larceny

    24 February 1950

    A larch pole, six feet long, was carried into Torrington County Magistrates Court. Pleading ‘guilty’ to the larceny of the pole, Barnabas Box, of The Village, Langtree, was fined 10s with £1 4s 10d costs.

    1950 Langtree

    Police Inspector H Burrows explained that the owner’s (Mr Vanstone’s) property adjoined the defendant’s garden. On January 28th the larch pole was in the yard with other timber. A Mr William Johns saw defendant standing in his garden path. With a four-pronged dung fork he was putting the pole over the hedge into his own garden. Mr Johns reported the matter, and on going back

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