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Having caught the thief himself, Mr Arthur had to do it all over again when the thief broke free! Eventually though he managed to hand over the culprit to the local policeman at the Elan Village, PC Richard Lloyd.

The thief was a labourer at the dams called Ben Clarke, and he was brought before the courts accused of stealing one coat, one vest, one pair of trousers and one shirt. Because he was caught red-handed the thief pleaded guilty.
It was discovered that he had already served two months in prison for a theft in Swansea under the name Albert Clarke.
It's not surprising that the Justices gave him a harsher punishment this time.
The entry from the records below shows his sentence...

 
 
 

It reads:
"Prisoner pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five calendar months imprisonment with hard labour."

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