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The Western Gazette. Friday 27 Sep 1889

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COUNTY POLICE, Friday. - Before Mr. H. B. BATTEN (in the chair) and Mr. A. J. GOODFORD. - Phyllis COLLARD, single woman, of South Petherton, was charged with deserting her child, which had thus become chargeable to the common fund of the Union. - Mr. J. E. RODBER, clerk to the Guardians, prosecuted. - Frederick WILTON (master of the Union) said that on August 5th he found defendant's little girl, aged about six years, outside the Workhouse with a piece of paper, on which was written a request that the child should be admitted into the House, as the mother was going away. He admitted the child. - P.C. RICHARDSON, of Martock, proved arresting defendant, under a warrant, at South Petherton. In reply to the charge she said she intended taking the child out in a day or two. - Defendant said she was out of employment when she left the child. She had since obtained work at South Petherton, and was willing to look after it in the future. - On this understanding, the Bench discharged her. - George TUCKER, of South Petherton, was charged, on remand, with stealing a cheese, value 3s, the property of Charles MITCHELL, on Sept. 18th, at Martock. - Mr. Sidney WATTS defendant. - Prosecutor, a market gardener, of South Petherton, deposed that he went to the George Hotel, Martock, and placed a cheese on the kitchen table while he went into the town. Defendant and a man named Jonathan DODGE were present. Witness subsequently returned and found that the cheese was missing. He questioned defendant, who denied knowing where it was. Witness had previously offered to sell the cheese to defendant or DODGE. He then gave information to the police. - Jonathan DOGE proved hearing the prosecutor offer to sell the cheese to defendant. It was taken out of the room to be weighed, and defendant subsequently agreed to purchase it at 2½d. per lb. Witness promised to take the cheese home for him as he was passing his house. - The Bench, without hearing further evidence, dismissed the case. - WEDNESDAY. - Before Mr. Herbert B. BATTEN (chairman), Mr. A. J. GOODFORD, Mr. G. TROYTE-BULLOCK, and Major ALDWORTH. - The overseers of the various parishes in the division were present, and produced the voters' lists of their respective parishes. – Isaac WINDSOR, labourer, was summoned for trespassing on land at Queen Camel, in search of game, on September 2nd. - A keeper in the employ of the Rev. St. John MILDMAY, the owner of the land, proved seeing defendant go to a trap on September 2nd, but although no game was in the trap, a pheasant had been caught in it, as a leg was left in the trap. - Defendant, who pleaded guilty, was fined 10s, including costs. – Mr. LOUCH applied for the provisional transfer of the licence of the Half Moon, Stoke, from the present premises to new premises being erected by Mrs. CHANT, the present landlady. - This application came before the Bench at the last meeting, but owing to an informality in connection with the notice, it was adjourned. - The notices, &c., were now formally proved. - Mr. WATTS objected on the ground that a provisional transfer of a licence from one premises to another could not be made without the consent of the owner of the property; and it was proved that Mr. STAPLE, the owner of the Half Moon, was opposed to it, as he purchased the property of the Duchy of Cornwall on certain terms subject to the licence for the same being discontinued. Twelve months' notice had been given Mrs. CHANT that he intended to convert the house into private premises. - The Bench held that Mr. WATTS's objected was correct, but as they were entitled to grant a new licence, they asked Mr. WATTS to state his grounds of objection to the granting of a new licence. - Mr. WATTS contended that the house was not required as there were already five licensed houses in Stoke, the population of which was one thousand five hundred. He objected on the ground that the premises were not suitable for a public-house, as there was communication between them and the adjoining premises; also that the accommodation was not suitable to the requirements of a licensed house. He presented a petition signed by a great many of the respectable and well-to-do ratepayers against the granting of the licence. - The Bench viewed the plans, which were produced, of the new premises, and, after a lengthy consultation, decided to grant a new provisional licence, subject to one or two structural alterations being carried out. – George REYLAND, labourer, Martock, was summoned by Ellen REYLAND, his wife, for an assault, on Sept. 4th. - It appeared from the evidence of prosecutrix and Mrs. Elizabeth LOCK, a neighbour, that defendant struck his wife in the mouth and in the side, and also swore at and abused her on the night in question. - Defendant denied the assault, saying his wife threatened to break his skull with the poker, and he gave her a “shove” and she fell on the fender. - Defendant was bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace for six months, and was ordered to pay the costs, 9s. – James SLY and Henry PITT, boys, were charged with stealing a quantity of pears, on Sept. 13th, at Limington, the property of Mr. ADAMS. - They pleaded guilty, and the facts of the case were stated by A.S. FRY, who found defendants with twenty and thirteen pears in their possession respectively. - A letter was handed to the Bench from the Rector, Rev. D. B. BINNEY, giving the defendants good characters. -A fine of 2s 6d, including costs, was imposed. - John HALLETT, a youth, was summoned by a lad named Thomas WITHYMAN, of Chiselborough, for an assault on Sept. 16th. - Defendant met complainant, and after making a remark with reference to an occurrence a day or two previously, knocked him down. - Fined 5s and costs. - Complainant said defendant's mother and aunt had threatened him, and the mother was censured by the Bench for her conduct. – Tom CHANT, shopkeeper, Stoke, was summoned for selling bread otherwise than by weight. - P.C. COOK proved the case; and defendant was fined 2s 6d and costs. – Ann RICHARDS, also of Stoke, was similarly summoned, and a like penalty was inflicted. - P.C. COOK stated the facts of the case. - Richard GODDARD was summoned for injuring two fruit trees, the property of Mrs. HARDING, of Montacute, but the case was withdrawn. – Robert MASTERS, of Yeovil, was summoned for not sending his child to school; and the case having been proved by Mr. J. W. RIVERS, school attendance officer, the Bench imposed a fine of 5s. – Daniel SEVILLE, of Marston Magna, who did not appear, was summoned for non-payment of poor rate, amounting to 3s 3d. - Mr. SHEPHERD, overseer, proved the rate was due; and a distress was ordered to be issued. – Mr. Supt. EMSON made an application to the Bench for an order to be made on Herbert VOWLES, of Marston Magna, to keep a dog, of which he was the owner, under proper control, the same being dangerous when at large. The Superintendent said several complaints had been made about the dog, which had attacked P.C. REED. - P.C. REED gave evidence bearing out these facts, and the necessary order was made by the Bench.

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<NOTES: Phillis COLLARD had a child called Louisa in 1884. Phillis COLLARD married Jesse or Jasper WELLS in 1890 and the child Louise went by the surnames COLLARD or WELLS until she married William SAINT on 25 Dec 1907 at South Petherton>