POLICE.
 
                WHITEHAVEN.
 
A DESERTER FROM H.M.S. "EXCELLENT"  - At the Whitehaven Police-court, on Monday last, JAMES THOMAS LILLY, 32 years of age, was charged with being a deserter from H.M.S. EXCELLENT.
 
SERGEANT GRAHAM stated that the prisoner had given himself up to him in the street as a deserter, stating that he had left the "Excellent" three or four years since. 
 
The 'Gazette; showed that the prisoner had deserted from his ship on the 1st of September, 1878.  In answer to the Clerk, the prisoner said he wished to go back to his ship.
 
The Bench remanded the prisoner until the Admiralty could be communicated with.
 
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THEFT OF A BASKET.  -  ELEANOR COWAN, an elderly woman belonging to Whitehaven, was charged with having, on the 9th inst., stolen a basket, the property of THOMAS SPENCE, furniture broker, Market-place.
 
Prisoner, who had been twice previously convicted, was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.