Bradford & Wakefield Observer (07/Oct/1847) - Huddersfield: Soft and Hard

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Soft and Hard.

On Friday evening last, a "respectable gentleman," of hard and sharp points, who lives in this town, was accosted in Cloth Hall Street by a loose female, and after a little badinage they went into Chancery Lane. Townend, the constable, observed the movement, and ran round to the other end of the lane, entering the Market Place. He had not been waiting a minute, when this "lady" ran at the top of her speed right into his arms ; but finding into whose clutches she had fallen, she threw down a paper containing nearly three pounds in silver, exclaiming, "It's not mine; it's not mine ; I won't have it!" The constable, however, did not let his bird fly, but held her till assistance was obtained, when 21. 10s. of the money was picked up which she had "nailed" from the "gentleman." She was taken to the lock-up, but the gentleman refusing to prosecute, she was the following morning placed before W.W. Battye, Esq., as a lewd and disorderly woman, and committed to Wakefield for one month. Her name proved to be Ann Morgan. She had only been liberated from Wakefield about a fortnight, and had previously undergone 18 months incarceration for robbing an old man from Golcar named Bayley of above fifty pounds. By the girl's disclaiming the money and the gentleman declining to prosecute, the constables obtained a good prize.