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WILLIAM MUTUM to October 1829
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Thanks to Margaret Todd March 2019 for the October 1829 lead on this one.

 
On Tuesday 7th July 1829 John Webster (16), John Dugdale (18), Henry Watson (21), Matthew Middleton (18) and Isaac Chapman (18) were accused that on 14th May they stole two calico bags containing ninety sovereigns, twenty half sovereigns and nine pounds in silver coins, the property of one Edward Oxley.

Henry Watson was apprehended on the evening of Sunday 17th May and he was found to be in possession of eight sovereigns and 8s 6d in silver.

Webster was arrested on 18th May and confessed to the crime, declaring that Matthew Middleton had some of the money.

On Friday 22nd May 1849, eight days after the robbery, Dugdale, Middleton and Chapman had been seen at Mutum's public house in Heigham. They had given two sovereigns to the girl at Mutum's to be changed.

When Middleton was confronted he went to his mother's garden and dug up a parcel containing 52 sovereigns. On 25th May another search of the garden produced one more sovereign and four half sovereigns, hidden under a stone. Another sovereign and a half sovereign were found near the river, stuck in a wooden board.

Chapman, Dugdale, Watson and Webster were transported for 14 years.
Middleton to serve 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.
 

At the Quarter Sessions held Tuesday 13th October 1829, landlord William Mutum was found guilty of keeping a disorderly house, the BLAZING STAR, without St. Giles Gates. It was said that the house was the receptacle for thieves, prostitutes and other persons of bad character.
Sentenced to 12 calendar months imprisonment and hard labour.

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Named after The Great Comet of 1811?

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