Wednesday, 19 December 2012

19th December 1812: The Leeds Mercury reports the committal of a new suspect in the Deighton & Fartown robberies

The Leeds Mercury of Saturday 19th December 1812 reported that a shopkeeper from Elland called William Hanson had been arrested and committed to York Castle for taking part in the robberies at Deighton & Fartown on 29th November 1812. The 'To Correspondents' section of the same paper noted that one of Hanson's relatives had written to state that the person swearing the oath that he was involved had committed perjury, but stated the paper wanted to correspondence to discontinue as 'if that be the case, his innocence will speedily be established'.

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