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From the Sussex Express, 19th December 1903


William Gritt, a gipsy, was summoned for trespassing in search of game on the land in the occupation of Mr Wadman at Beddingham on November 22nd – Mr H J Vinall prosecuted. Albert Swaine, America Farm, Beddingham, said he was on the downs and saw five men beating about in the furze. He watched them, and saw Gritt digging at a rabbit burrow with a hard stick. Witness crept up to within two yards of the defendant. The men were all together, two of them keeping watch. Gritt had his coat off, and witness could see two rabbits in the pocket, which was wide open. Defendant said his dog caught the rabbit, and he put it in his pocket. The Bench convicted, and imposed a fine of £1 and 9s costs.

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