8th September 1903
Reference Numbert19030908-724
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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724. GEORGE ANSTISS (28) and GEORGE GAGE (22) , Being found by night with housebreaking implements in their posession, without lawful excuse.


MR. KERSHAW. Prosecuted.

ALFRED NEWTON . (297 T.) On August 15th, at 5 a.m., I was on plain clothes duty in Duke's Avenue, Chiswick, with Thompson—I saw the prisoners hanging about in a suspicious manner, and I kept them under observation—we were watching about twenty minutes—Anstiss went into the gardens of three-private houses in Duke's Avenue, while Gage stayed outside—they were acting together—we then walked towards them—they saw us and ran away—I pursued Anstiss and caught him—I found this screwdriver (Produced) up his sleeve—in his pocket I found this knife (Produced) and a candle and box of matches.

MARK THOMPSON . (645 T.) On August 15th, about 5 a.m., I was on duty with Newton in Duke's Avenue, Chiswick—I saw Anstiss go into, three gardens in Duke's Avenue while Gage waited outside—we watched them for about twenty minutes, and then went towards them—when they saw us they ran away—I caught Gage after a chase of 200 or 300 yards—he was wearing indiarubber shoes—on the way to the station he said, "You will not find anything on me; I never carry anything; I am too old for that game."

Cross-examined by Gage. Nothing was found upon you—you were very violent on the way to the station.

BENJAMIN ALTON . (Detective Sergeant T.) I know Duke's Avenue and Barrogate Road—they are very near to each other—on August 15th, about 9.30 a.m., I went to No. 41, Barrogate Road—I saw property strewn about the house, and marks upon the library window, also on the sill—I compared them with this screwdriver, which I received after the prisoners were arrested, and they corresponded—on the sashes I found a mark corresponding with this knife—on a desk in the library I also found marks corresponding with the screwdriver.


PLEADED GUILTY. to a conviction of felony at Clerkenwell on May 26th, 1903, and GAGE to a conviction of felony at Guildhall, Westminster, on July 3rd, 1897. Ten other convictions were proved against GAGE and eleven against ANSTISS. Twelve months' hard labour each.

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