Another court case from 1914, this time some sneaky ferreting was involved.
“Percy George Collins, Alfred Geiorge Berwick and James Burchell, all of Horsham, and William Bentley, of the 2nd Kings Royal Rifles, were summoned for trespassing in search of conies upon land in the occupation of Mr C.R. Scrase Dickins, J.P., at Nuthurst, on 31st December.
“Trespass only was admitted. Evidence was given by Henry Heasman, who said he saw defendants drop a ferret as they were going up a field, and by William Ayling, the head keeper.
“Ayling said the men had disappeared when he arrived in response to a call. The banks had been fresh ferreted. The local men were each fined 5s and the soldier was fined 1s in conseuquence of bearing a good character.”
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