Conspiracy to Defraud in Fen End in 1928
Some of the crimes reported in this period did relate to the theft of livestock. This is perhaps not surprising as it was at a time when many villagers kept a few pigs, chickens or other livestock. This conspiracy to defraud William Lawrence of 4 pigs with a value of 17 pounds and 10 shillings was therefore perhaps not unusual.
It is assumed that the victim Mr Lawrence referred to in the report was likely to have been Bill Lawrence who lived with his wife Margaret (“Paddy”) and his brother Bert at “The Manor House” in Fen End.
When the case moved to a full trial at Huntingdon Assizes in January 1929 the accused were all found guilty and sentenced to Hard Labour for periods of 12 months and 18 months.