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Pelting Chestnut Trees

Walter Emmerson fined for pelting chestnut trees

The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald.

November 2, 1880.

[Page] 7

Thingoe and Thedwastre Sessions, Oct. 27.

Pelting Chestnut Trees. - Three small boys named George Elmer, Thomas Elmer, and James Taylor, were charged with damaging certain Spanish chestnut trees growing in Fornham Park, the property of Wm. Gilstrap, Esq. - George Elmer and James Taylor admitted throwing stones at the trees, but said that Thomas Elmer, the youngest of the three, was "not in it," and he was discharged. - Mr. Underwood stated that the offence was committed on the Sunday, while people were at church. Mr. Gilstrap only desired to put a stop to the mischief. - The boys were let off without a conviction on paying the damage (1s.) between them, the costs (5s.) being borne by Mr. Gilstrap.
Reuben Williams, William Lilly, William King, Robert Grainger and Walter Emerson, all of Fornham All Saints', their ages ranging from 13 to 20, were charged with the like offence on Sunday, Oct. 17. - Defendants pleaded not guilty, but the case was clearly proved by a policeman, who said that Williams was in Mr. Gilstrap's employ. Defendants had to get over a wall and go 30 or 40 yards into the park to get at the trees in question. - The Bench informed defendants that if they had pleaded guilty they would have been let off without a conviction, for about 6d. a-piece, but now they would have to pay fine, damage, and costs, amounting to 2s. 7d. each. - Paid.

PlaceFornham All Saints, Suffolk, England
Linked toWalter Emmerson

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