Sunday, January 13, 2013

Daring Robbery at Weston Super Mare – 30 October 1873

A most daring robbery has been perpetuated at Weston Super Mare by which bonds, stock, and other valuables, representing at leastk £5000, have been stolen. The Rev T Thirkhill, of Cheltenham, has lately been sojourning at 10 Claremont Crescent, Weston-Super-Mare, and a day or two ago since he missed from his bed-room a despatch-box, containing Turkish, Egyptian Government, and Canada Government bonds, together with a considerable quantity of certificates of North British, Great Eastern, Bristol and Exeter, and Sheffield railway stock, and bank notes.

The robbery is supposed to have been committed by a fashionably dressed man who had been seen to leave the house by one of the servants but whose respectable appearance entirely disarmed the domestic of any suspicion.
A man answering the same description was also seen to leave the residences of other gentlemen, and in one instance a gold watch, the property of Major Nutt, and in another a gold chain with seal and key attached, were missing immediately after the departure of this distinguished visitor, who has, as yet, eluded capture

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