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  Evidence about the missing watch  
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When William Gore was giving his evidence in court on 27th May 1892, the day after the theft, he described some details about his watch to prove that it was his.
He had part of the watch chain and the rest was on the watch, it had marks on it, and part of the glass was broken. Also, one of the hands had been replaced by a Blaenau watchmaker.

This is a further part of William Gore's evidence -

Watch and chain
Part of
court
statement

1892
Quarter Sessions paper
 

"I know I had it before I went to sleep as I felt for it and my money before I dozed off. I never met the prisoner [James Riley] before he came and sat by me at the Bell Inn. I also found my trousers cut near my pocket..."
James Riley was one of the six men drinking together in the Bell Inn that night. William Gore gave more evidence about this man...

Beer tankards
Part of
court
statement

1892
Quarter Sessions paper
 

"[The] Prisoner sat by the side upon which my trousers are cut but he changed from one side to the other, we were all sitting on chairs..."
When William realised that his watch was missing, he told the Landlady of the Bell Inn, Olive Colley. See what she had to say about the theft of the watch on the next page...

The six quiet men in the Bell Inn...

 

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