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Crime and punishment
  The case of Will Price  

On a winter's day in 1856 William Price of Llanfyllin was brought before the court in Welshpool. It was a day that probably changed his life for good.
He was accused of stealing from his employer, John Davies of Llanfyllin. The court documents have survived and they reveal what the witnesses claim happened.
Here John Davies recalls his instructions to Will...

  The evidence of John Davies

It reads:
picture of cart"On Sunday night last the sixteenth instant I gave the prisoner two pounds to go with my horses and waggon to Mr Bibby's wharf at the Railway Station Oswestry for a load of coal."

Will set off the next morning but by late that evening he had still not returned. Mr Davies eventually met his waggon on the road from Oswestry driven back by a local carrier who said he had found it in the streets in Oswestry, but there was no sign of Will or of Mr Davies' money!
Not suprisingly, he went to fetch a policeman.

Find out what had happened to him...


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