Suspicious Garment At Cockermouth Police Court
A gamekeeper called by Mr. Gordon FALCON, who prosecuted in a game trespass
case at Cockermouth on Monday, exhibited as proof that his capture was a
poacher a jacket said to belong to Wm. MINNICAN, a Great Clifton collier,
who was defendant in the case.
John GILL, under gamekeeper to Mr. HARRIS, said he saw three men acting
suspiciously in Borley Wood, Greysouthen, and when they saw him they took to
their heels. He overtook one of them, who proved to be MINNICAN, who, on a
request being made for permission to search him, slipped his coat off. Witness
found a rabbit in one of the pockets, and on going back to the wood he
discovered a feret and six nets.
Mrs. MINNICAN appeared for her husband, and declared, big pockets
notwithstanding, that defendant was not a poacher. The ferret and nets
didn't belong to him; he never had one in his life.
Mr. FALCON: That is a very useful coat for poaching.
Defendant was ordered to pay 20s including costs.