In the evening of 3rd July 1812, arms raids took place in the north and south of the West Riding.
At Stainland, near Halifax, the homes of Benjamin Dyson & William Mellor were raided and a gun and a sword were taken from each house.
At Whitley, near Sheffield, 10 men raided the home of a carpenter called Megson, who lived near to the Porter's Lodge at Whitley Hall. Megson and his family were locked in a back room whilst the house was searched - four Guinea notes and some provisions were taken - though the men did not demand firearms.
As recorded in the Leeds Mercury of 11th July 1812.