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  • The Lincolnshire Chronicle and General Advertiser Friday March 10th 1843

    Burglary at Beckingharn

    JOHN NORTH, 52 (22?), WILLIAM NORTH, 27, AND WM BRADSHAW, 23, were indicted for burglariously entering the house of Charles Guy Milnes, Esq., at Beckingham, on the 8th December. - Charles Guy Milnes had been entertaining his tenants to dinner on the 6th of December: it was the rent dinner: the party left a little after one in the morning: John North had been in his service five years: one of the party being rather intoxicated, John North went to see him home: witness sat up till two o'clock when North returned: he saw the prisoner fasten the door: witness then went to bed, closing the door at the foot of the stairs: it led to no other chamber, but witness's. Undressed, and put his clothes on the usual chair: he had been in the habit of placing the money in a pocket of a Taglioni coat: but on that night he put the cash- bag in his breeches pocket, and he put his breeches low down in the bed. After having been asleep some time, he was disturbed by some person pulling off the bed-clothes: there was a light in the room which he had left burning: saw two men, one on each side of the bed; felt a cord pulling at his wrist towards the bed-post at the foot of the bed: observed that the men's faces were either blacked or covered with masks: called out "murder", one of the men immediately ran away, and the other soon followed. The cord remained round t~e wrists, but was not fastened to the bed-post: witness went after the men into the kitchen: saw a man standing at the end of a long table: he was a very little man (Bradshaw is low of stature) with a black face: a taller man was skulking on the other side of the table: they had taken the light from the bed-room, it was a dim light, as the candle wanting snuffing. Said to the Iittle man "you are chimney-sweeps, are you": but upon seeing that the man rose from behind the table, he went away, as there were two to one: went towards his own chamber, and whilst shutting the door, he saw a man to whom he said, "whoever you are, you are not coming here". John North said "it is me, sir": witness opened the door, and knew it was John North by his voice: he was in his shirt. Believed that John North had come from the kitchen, and not from the staircase: went to examine the basement story, without dressing himself: found the outer kitchen door wide open: the library window shutters was also open. An inner cellar door had been pulled open. Went to his sister's room, to quiet her alarm: in five or ten minutes, heard the report of a gun under her window: had left John North below stairs: does no t know whether he closed the door and window: W.enL to bed: the next day on examining the kitchen door, there were no marks of violence: the library window had been opened, but not broken open: there were no foot-marks on the soft earth outside, nor on the polished floor of the library. Thre~ cords were found by a female servant. A terrier dog was usually kept in the house: did not see it that night: it was John North's business to tie the dog up: kept pistols in his sitting-room, saw one of them the next morning in a different part of the house, laid on a table.


  • In following the men down stairs, he kicked over his coat and waistcoat which were lying in the ante-room of the chamber. Cross-examined by Mr h'hi tchurch: .Iohn Nor th had 1 ived with him five years: had a character from a place where he had lived a year and a half. Jno. North's chamber is over wi tness' s: the shutters of the library window were open, the fastening of the window was pointed out by John North as unfastened: the library was little used except by himself, the shutters were generally closed, and he opened them himself in order to obtain light: he is quite sure he had left the shutters closed the last time he had been in the library: he had turned the key in the door, and left it in the door. Was not at all intoxicated that nighL. Two female servants, John North, and a farming man attended upon the guests. - By the Judge: The kitchen door is usually locked by the cook: admitted John North by that door, and saw him lock it again. It was William Pogson who was tipsy. - George Harrison, of Wellingore, is cousin to the two Norths, who are brothers: on the 3d of December he went with William North to see John North: they slept that night in the hay-loft: John North suppl ied them wi Lh food: stayed from Saturday night till Monday morning: he said witness was to come again on Tuesday night, as it was the rent- day. William North promised that they would corne back on that night. Witness did not return on the Tuesday. - Robert Straps, miller, Beckingham, was leading sand on Tuesday afternoon in the direction of Beckingham, from Newark: was overtaken by William North and Bradshaw, and walked with them as far as the end of the lane leading to Mr Milnes's: they went up, and he saw no more of them. - William Johnson, Beckingham, saw Wm North and Bradshaw, about five o'clock in the afternoon, coming up the turnpike from Newark to Sleaford: he saw them cross Mr Milnes's road, and go into the church-yard: they walked backwards and forwards, and then there was a short whistle: upon which they went out of the church-yard, into HI' Milnes's yard. - Richard Johnson, shoe- maker, Beckingham, was in HI' Hilnes's yard, getting water: heard John North give a whistle: went ou t, and saw his brother, Lhe last witness. During the night, witness had occasion to get \IP to his chamber window: saw a light in Mr Milnes's saddle-house, and also in HI' Milnes's chamber window. - William Cropley, farmer, Beckingham, was at the rent-day dinner: went out into the yard, between twelve and one o'clock: John North said, "You get nothing to d I'ink: corne wit h me, and I will g iv e yo usa met.h i n g you 1 ike" . Went into the stable, and saw a light in the saddle-room: saw a man sitting with his face to the fire, and his back towards witness: did not know the man: asked John North who he had got there: be said "keep back", the man had a fustian coat on: after a time ",itness went in, and found no one: there is a doorf.rom the saddle-room to the coach-house, through which the man might go. Heard a breathing of some person in the passage, Elsked John North if he had got Addington there: he said, "Oh yes, its Ad". Asked who it was in the saddle-house: John Nort11 said "you knoh' George Stafford the carpenter". \Vitness said "That's noL George Stafford". - Cross-examined: !lad only drunk a litLle ale during the day: what John North gave him in the stable was either rum and a leo r gin and Ell c . (B'y the .J IIdg c ) \Ve n L wit h the p r i son e I'


  • John North, the publican, and two other neighbours, to the publican's house, and stayed, till two o'clock. - John Horseman, groom, Newark, was returning from Brant Broughton on the Saturday afternoon, 10th of December, and saw William North and Bradshaw at the public-house at Beckingham: asked the landlord if they had made any thing out about the robbery: the landlord said, not that he kneh' of, Wililiam North said, "I believe I am one that is suspected". Bradshaw was near: witness remained about an hour: Bradshaw and a man who he understood to be named Mitchell, went out: walked to Newark with Bradshaw and them. As they were going along, Bradshaw said, "I believe I have been suspected of this robbery, and I have been before the squire to clear myself to- day". I said, "Have you? what did he say to you?". Bradshaw replied "The squire said he could not swear to me". He added that he expected to be paid for his loss of time. Witness said William North looked very down, and he (witness) would bet a sovereign that if he knew anything about it he would split. Bradshaw said if he thought so, he would split first. Witness said he would advise him to do so, if he knew anything of it. Bradshaw said he would tell Mr Bell, the chief constable of Newark, all about it, if witness would be bound for him, as he should not like to go to the hole. He said William North fetched him from Newark, and they got to Mr Milnes's just as it was dark: they went to Mr Milnes's saddle-room: John North brought them some ale, and said, "D- you lads, I know of a rare booty for you". They went into the hay- chamber, and then carne into the saddle-room again: they loaded a pistol of Mr Mil.nes's: John brought in two cords: they were to tie Mr Milnes down in bed with one, and the other to tie him (John) but they were not to tie him fast, but so as he could get undone without assistance. John North blacked Bradshaw's face and put a mask or piece of crape over Wm North's face, and then John let them into the house: he showed them Mr Milnes's chamber door: he and William North went into the chamber: they were doing something at Mr Milnes and he awoke: William North ran away immediately: Bradshaw stood before Mr Milnes who was screaming out, he said "D- your eyes, you - if you don't hold your noise, I will shoot you" Did not think HI' Milnes heard him: he knocked the candle out of Mr Milnes's hand, and he was shouting "John": John carne down with a ruck, and was knocking about: he rubbed against him (Bradshaw), but did not him. After John had been with HI' Milnes up stairs he returned, and let them out of the house and sent them to the saddle-room: after all was over he brought them some brandy. After he had made this long statement, witness went with Bradshaw to the police-office at Newark. Went with Hives and Ramsden to Beckingham, and informed Mr Milnes, who directed them to apprehend John North: told him it was on suspicion of being connected with the attempt to rob his master, with Wm North and Bradshaw: went up stairs with him to change his clothes: he opened his box, and said "What a fool I was to have anything to do with them, t

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