Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 18 February 2018), December 1765, trial of Andrew Ballow Andrew Ballow (t17651211-9).

Andrew Ballow, Andrew Ballow, Theft > grand larceny, 11th December 1765.

12. (L.) Andrew Ballow was indicted for stealing an iron grate, for a brass stove, value 3 s. the property of persons unknown , November 19 . ++

Thomas Parker . On the 19th of last month, between the hours of 6 and 7 in the evening, we were washing our engine; a man came and told us, a man had stole a grate from the ruins of the fire at Cornhill. I and Richard Cobley went after him, and took him on the other side St. Hellen's in Bishopsgate-street; it was the prisoner at the bar: we bid him take it back to the place where he had it, in order to find out the proper owner; he said he was very willing to do that; he threw it down with intention to throw it on my legs, but missed me: he ran away, and I took him again about the Four Swans, or Green Dragon. I brought him to the engine, he was taken before my Lord-Mayor; and the grate was believed to be the property of Mr. Margeram, a tin-man. My Lord-Mayor asked him what he had to say for himself, after he was charged with stealing the grate; he said he had nothing to say.

Richard Cobley confirmed the account that Parker had given.

Mr. Fountain. I am a constable, in my going backwards and forwards, I saw this, or such a grate as this, (produced in court,) lying in Mr. Margeram's ruins; and I missed it the day this was taken away. I think this is the same.

Prisoner's defence.

I worked upon the ruins, I found the stove in the middle of the street, I picked it up, and as I went along, the people followed me. It was at a distance from the ruins. They stopt me, and bid me bring it back to the same place, which I was going to do; and 2 or 3 men came up and told me they would hang me, so I threw it down in order to make my escape.

Q. Is any body here that saw the prisoner take it from the ruins?

Parker. The man that informed me of the prisoner having it, went away, and I have not seen him since.

Acquitted .