A police journal of the 1840's 2
To keep fear on them 

  Suspected to plunder coal
Another example of the suspicion with which some local people were regarded is evident in the extract below from the Police Journal kept by a local constable in Montgomeryshire. 
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 Extract from police journal

This entry, dated 31st January 1844, reads as follows:
"I went to the House of a Elizabeth Evans on the teskin. I loocked it all over, thare is about 15 in family on them and the[y] are Suspected to Plunder Coal or Potatas or any thing the[y] can com a cross..
My intention was to keep fear on them. I stoped in that nabourhood for Som hours."

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