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Arrested in bed

Source: Evening Express 20/09/1893       Date: 1893
Copyright:       Type: Newspaper
Description: A more detailed report (AO 21 Sept 1893) identifies the 'small public house' as the New Inn.

ARRESTED IN BED. And will now have to Take his Trial for Swindling. What is alleged to have been a cool attempt at swindling has just come to light at Aberystwith. About 2.30 p.m. on the 15th inst. a young man, about 24, and apparently respectable, went to Mr. John Jenkins, the Queen's stables, Aberystwith, and stated he had been sent there by Mr. Jones, of Plaspadarn, a young gentleman living in the neighbourhood, for the loan of a horse and a set of harness. Believing his statement Mr. Jenkins immediately lent him one of his best horses and a good set of harness. The offender then proceeded with the horse and harness to the Lion Hotel, and after finding the landlord (Captain Wemyss) said he had been sent there by Mr. John Jenkins, the Queen's, for the loan of a dog-cart. Seeing the horse harnessed the captain lent one of his best dog-carts. As the horse was not returned at the time promised Mr, Jenkins sent a messenger to Plaspadarn about eight p.m. to make inquiries, from which it transpired that Mr. Jones knew nothing of the affair. Subsequently it was found that the trap from the Lion had also been obtained in a. similar way. About 9.30 p.m. the chief-constable (Mr. Howell Evans) was informed of the circumstances, and he, together with Sergeant Davies, took a horse and trap and started in search of the delinquent. He succeeded in tracing him from Aberystwith to Goginan, and from there to Pontrhydfendigaid, where the horse, trap, and harness were found at the Red Lion Hotel. About six a.m. on the 16th inst. the chief-constable succeeded in arresting the prisoner in bed at a small public-house about 300 yards from where the horse, &c., were found. On Monday the prisoner, whose name is Robert Humphreys, and who is a native of North Wales, was brought up before Mr. William Thomas (mayor) and Mr. J. Morgan, J.P., and committed to take his trial at the quarter sessions.
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Gogerddan Arms , Aberystwyth
New Inn , Pontrhydfendigaid
Queens Hotel , Victoria Terrace, Aberystwyth
Red Lion Hotel , Pontrhydfendigaid

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