Bad Characters from Desborough

Northamptonshire Quarter Sessions, Jan 1903

Thomas Flude, 34, shoe rivetter; Thomas Yeomans, 26, shoe rivetter; and George Summerley (46), shoe laster, all of Desborough, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging them with stealing seven live tame fowls, of the value of 17s. 6d., the property of John Keech, at Brampton Ash, on the 15th November, 1902.

—Mr. W. R. D. Adkins for the prosecution, said that Sergeant Markham could give the Court information as to the characters of the men.

—Sergeant Markham said that the men were all bad characters. Yeomans was the worst man in Desborough. He could have work if he cared to do it, but be preferred to go poaching and thieving. He had been convicted for stealing fowls and a ferret. Summerley was a lazy, drunken fellow, an associate of poachers and thieves. Flude's troubles were mainly due to drunkenness. He was a terrible man to drink.

—The Chairman said that the three men had been 54 times convicted of drunkenness.

—Sentencing the prisoners, the Chairman said that Flude was the least bad character of the three. He had been 12 times summarily convicted in seven years, and he would be sentenced to Six Months' Hard Labour. Yeomans, who had been 17 times convicted of drunkenness and game trespass in nine years, would be sentenced to Twelve Months' Hard Labour. Summerley, who since 1877 had been convicted of stealing an umbrella, and who had been 25 times convicted of drunkenness, would be sentenced to Twelve Months' Hard Labour.


 Northampton Mercury, Friday 09 January 1903