Territorials Charged with Inn Breaking

The Essex Chronicle - Friday 28th October 1938


Chelmsford: Friday, October 28, 1938

At Saffron Walden on October 21, George Alfred Neale, 19, painter, and Joseph Michael Doyle, 18, both of Sutton, were charged with breaking and entering the Railway Inn, Newport, and stealing three 10/- notes, £1 in silver, and 15/- in copper, on October 20.

Joseph Bush, engineer, Wicken Road, Newport, said he was working in a granary opposite the side entrance to the Railway Inn about 4.30 p.m. the previous day, when he saw two soldiers with bicycles try the door of the in.. The door was locked, and they could not make anyone hear. They put their bicycles against the gate of the inn, and went to the back of the house. He did not see anything more of them. When he closed the granary at five o'clock the bicycles were still there. At 5.20 they had gone.

Detective-Sergeant Ridley said he received information that the Railway Inn had been broken into. Later he saw the two accused detained at Great Bardfield Police Station. he questioned them, and they admitted having been to Newport that day, but denied breaking into the Railway Inn. Upon being searched, he found in their possession three ten-shilling notes, a quantity of silver, and about 12/- in copper. Not being satisfied, he charged them with housebreaking, and they made no reply.

Inspector Neech said the accused were in the Surrey Territorials, and were stationed at Great Bardfield during the recent crisis. They had since been disbanded, but returned to Great Bardfield they said, to see if they could get work pulling sugar beet.

The Bench remanded the accused for eight days.