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Derby Mercury 17 Dec 1879

GAME TRESPASS.— Mr Robert Quinn O'Callaghan, surgeon, was charged with trespassing in pursuit of game at Shirley, on the 6th inst. Mr Brittlebank appeared for the defendant. Mr Robert Cresswell, farmer, Shirley, proved that he saw the defendant and another man with a dog and a gun upon his land. They went through five of his fields, in which there was no public road. They walked by the fences and round a field, and in the last field passed a gate leading into Mr. Bonsall's field, but got over the hedge into that field further on. Witness was cross-examined by Mr. Brittlebank, who then addressed the bench, but called no witnesses. The Magistrates considered the case proved, and imposed a fine of 10s and costs, which he said the defendant should pay under protest. He also said that he should appeal.
ANOTHER FIRE AT SHIRLEY.— A youth named James Ault was brought up in custody on suspicion of setting fire to a stack of straw belonging to Mr. P. J. Lemon at Shirley. The evidence was not sufficient to support a charge of arson and the prisoner was liberated. This is the third fire that has occurred at Shirley within the last few months.

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