The Highway Robbery of William Sykes [1880]

In November 1880, Wellington Ellis and George Jones were charged with the highway robbery of William Sykes

The brign [Saturday 6th November 1880]

Highway Robbery

Last Saturday, Wellington Ellis and George Jones, delvers of Barkisland, were charged with highway robbery from the person of William Sykes a farmer of the same place.

On the 25th October the prosecutor set off home from the Northfield Inn, together with the two prisoners.

They had not gone far when Jones attempted to put his hands in the prosecutor's pocket, and then they set upon him, knocked him about a good deal and robbed him of 12/6d.

He called out


and Ellis said he would kill him if he did not keep quiet.

Prisoners were committed for trial at the Assizes


The York Assizes [2nd November 1880]

Wellington Ellis and George Jones were charged with highway robbery.

Verdict: Not Guilty


© Malcolm Bull 2021
Revised 13:27 / 28th June 2021 / 3564

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