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Brothers lost to war

Ben Borrows (4558301)
Ben Borrows (4558301)

Corporal Ben Borrows, son of Mr and Mrs Borrows, of Winsover Road, Spalding, was killed in action after being in the Army three years, during which period he was twice wounded.

His brother, Private Tom Borrows, had been missing since April 14, 1917.

The former was in the employ of Mr F Armstrong and the latter of Messrs Shadford and Co.

Man charged with stealing from boss

A charge of stealing various articles from his employer was dealt with against a well-known Spalding man.

Charles Steer, of London Road, was charged with stealing articles worth £23 15s, the property of Mr G Munro jnr, at Spalding.

Douglas Gray, manager for Mr Munro, said from information received, he found some lights were missing, two cases of glass, a paraffin oil drum and some tools. He reported this to the police.

A few days later, he was called back to the police station, where he was shown certain articles, the property of George Munro jnr, bulb farmer.

The accused had been employed by George Munro jnr for approaching six years and was employed on the premises from where the articles were missing.

Arthur William Wright, foreman for G Munro jnr, said he received instructions to go to the Park Road greenhouse of Mr Munro and count the number of glass lights. He found five were missing, as well as a wheelbarrow.

He was asked if tools had been borrowed - and said they could as long as permission was sought.

Joseph Lee, of Park Road, Spalding, said he worked at the greenhouses and remembered the accused asking him to help remove some glass lights on a truck. He was told by the accused that "we don't want everyone to see what we've got".

PC Dowse said he received a warrant and went to 77 London Raod, Spalding, the home of the accused, and found eight glass lights, one oil drum and two pieces of timber. He also visited the allotment hut of the accused on Burr Lane and found a garden rake, a scythe, a dibber, two chitting tray ends and a lock.

When questioned, Steer said: "I admit taking those things, but don't hardly agree with the word 'felonious'. The wheelbarrow I know nothing about and the cases of glass I think you will find them down Pinchbeck Road."

Prosecutor Mr Merry said it had to be proved there was felonious intent and there was absolutely no evidence at all - 'not a shred of it' - with regard to the two cases of glass, nor that Steer intended to permanently deprive the owner, as the articles were not hidden and he had only borrowed them.

The chairman said accused would be remanded to the Quarter Sessions in a surety by himself of £20.


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