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From the Sussex Advertiser, 23rd February 1824

An extensive run of contraband goods, we understand, was effected a short time since, from a large tub boat up Newhaven river; the boat passed the mouth of the harbour at a very quick rate, almost under the nose of the man on duty who, on discovering her, immediately fired, but to no effect as the boat continued her swift course up the river as far as Glynde Reach, several miles from Newhaven, where the principal part of the cargo was successfully worked. The boat and a few tubs of spirits fell into the hands of the revenue-officers who in their chase passed the Reach, into which the smugglers, having the start, had steered their course, and had run the chief part of the cargo before they were discovered by the officers. It is said that the gang who came to receive the above cargo, travelled nearly thirty eight miles to effect their purpose.

The Smugglers, to hurl destruction to the Revenue Boat and its occupants, dropped the trunk of a large tree to meet it in its passage under Glynde Bridge but, fortunately, it only touched the rudder of the boat. A reward of Fifty Pounds is offered by the Commissioners of his Majesty’s Customs, for the discovery of any one or more of the offenders. – See Advertisement.

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