Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

4 April, 1911  


Head Constable Callaghan and Constable Duane cleverly convicted a man named Surplice for the larceny of a quantity of fish from a tank in Lough Neagh, near Lurgan.

On searching the premises of Surplice under a warrant, almost all the fish were found and identified, but the defendant, who had got wind of the proceedings, could not be traced. Continuing the search, Constable Duane tracked the defendant to his own house at nightfall, and endeavoured to obtain an entrance. The defendant, who had secured the door, would not allow him in for some time, but on threatening to break it in Surplice suddenly opened the door, and attempted to strike the Constable with a hatchet. Constable Duane, with great courage, at once closed with and arrested him.

Surplice, on pleading guilty, was sentenced to a month's imprisonment for the offence.


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