Wholesale Robberies at Saffron Walden

Friday 24 January 1902


Samuel Arthur Gibbs, aged 20, groom, Saffron Walden, was brought up in custody charged with feloniously stealing one bicycle, value £9, the property of Walter Street, at Wenden Ambo, on Dec. 30th, 1901.

Prisoner was further charged with stealing a gun, value £10, property of T. F. Miller, Esq., from the railway station at Sible Hedingham on April 13th, 1901; with stealing seven railway tickets, to wit, four third class Audley End to Wymondham and three third class Audley End to Yarmouth, value £2 8s. 10d., property of the G.E.R., from the booking office at Audley End railway station on July 17th, 1901; with feloniously breaking and entering a certain shop and stealing therefrom two cycle tyre covers, three inner tubes, a quantity of inner tube rubber, together of the value of £2 10s., the property of Robert Green, at Newport, between 9 p.m. on the 11th and 6 a.m. of the 12th Aug., 1901.

The prisoner's statement admitting taking the various articles in these charges appeared in our report of the case last week.  Among the witnesses called was:

Henry John Carter, coachman, Audley End stables, who said prisoner was employed in the stables. On Jan. 13th, Supt. Pryke, Inspector Campbell and Sergt. Howlett went to the stable. they went into prisoner's bedroom and witness pointed out two boxes to them. He saw them opened. Prisoner first came to Audley End on April 13th, 1901, and on the 5th January this year he started away for a week's holiday.

By Supt. Pryke: Before coming to Audley End prisoner was living at Miss Weyman's, Sible Hedingham.

Prisoner was committed for trial at the Essex Assizes.