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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18191027-83-off446 t18191027-83-crimeloc448"/>. On the 19th of October, about seven o'clock in the morning, I went into my yard, and missed five pigeons, three ducks, and a fowl, which were safe about six o'clock the evening before. The ducks and fowls were generally in the yard.</p>
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<interp inst="t18191027-83-person950" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a Bow-street patrol. On the 19th of October, about four o'clock in the morning, I was on the top of Muswell-hill, with Izard and Brooks, leading to Finchley-common, and saw the three prisoners coming along the road. A few yards before I got up to them, I saw two of their hands move, and something go from them - Brooks and I went to the ditch. I found two small pigeons in a small bag, in the ditch, and Brooks found one pigeon - we secured the prisoners; Izard pulled a pair of pigeons out of Neeland's pocket, who said he was going to fly them home to Essex as soon as he got work; they said they were going to Winchmore-hill. The ducks were found next morning.</p>
<p>Prisoner HARMER. Q. Did I throw any thing away - A. I do not know. They were all in company.</p>
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<persName id="t18191027-83-person951"> THOMAS IZARD
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<interp inst="t18191027-83-person951" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a patrol. I was with Davenport, and met the prisoners - they threw something into the ditch. I searched Neeland, and found two live pigeons in his pocket; he said he had brought them from Essex, and was going to fly them home - their wings were cut. They could not fly.</p>
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<persName id="t18191027-83-person952"> WILLIAM CHARLES BROOKS
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<interp inst="t18191027-83-person952" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was with Izard, and saw Neeland throw something into the ditch. I found a live pigeon there, and secured him. I found a knife on him, which was bloody. There was a fourth man in company.</p>
<p>(Property produced and sworn to.)</p>
<p>HARMER'S Defence. I was only in their company half an hour.</p>
<p>NEELAND -
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<join result="defendantPunishment" targOrder="Y" targets="t18191027-83-defend946 t18191027-83-punish452"/> Transported for Seven Years </rs>.</p>
<p>First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.</p> </div1></div0>
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