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Crime and punishment
 
  Escaping the famine in Ireland  
 

In the summer of 1847 Constable Jones came across newPoliceman with  poor people groups of strangers who had come to the area in a desperate state.

These groups of poverty stricken Irish people were in great need of food and shelter, but they were continually being moved on from place to place so that someone else would have to pay for their support.

In the entry in his journal which you can see below, he wrote:
"I was sending a lot of Irish people men women and childrens. About 50 in number, the[y] came into town from Merionethshire. I sent them through into Cardiganshire..."

 
  Policeman's diary entry
 

There is more about these desperate strangers on the next page...

More about the Irish strangers...

 

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