27th October 1819
Reference Numbert18191027-84

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1460. JAMES NORRIS was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of September , one hat, value 15 s., the property of William Knowles , from his person .

WILLIAM KNOWLES . On the 28th of September, between twelve and one o'clock in the morning, I was in George-street, Bloomsbury ; my friend and I went to the Maidenhead, public-house , to have a glass of liquor, and on coming out on the step of the door, the prisoner came behind me and took my hat off my head. I turned round, and collared him with it in his hand - my handkerchief dropped out of it; I took him into the public-house. He gave the hat to another person behind him, who ran out of the back door with it; the prisoner tried to get away, and got as far as the back door. We got the watchman, who secured him; the door was fastened and all the lights put out. Just as the lights were knocked out, the watchman came in with his lanthorn - I never let him go.

JOHN CURLING . I came out of the house with Knowles - the prisoner came and snatched his hat off. I am sure he is the man.

LEWIS ROBERTS . I am a watchman. I was called into the house, and took the prisoner The back door leads into a yard that goes into the street.

Prisoner's Defence. It was not me.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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