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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1828, Sunday, April 10, 1831

[Weston, Chapman, Downham Market, Norfolk]

On the 23d of December last, Mr. James Weston, constable, of Downham Market, in Norfolk, was shot by a man named Robert Chapman, blacksmith, of Wimbertham, a village near Downham: the murderer absconded, and could not be heard of for a long time; handsome rewards were offered for his apprehension, but without effect: it now appears that he had concealed himself in the neighbourhood of Boston. A true bill was found against him at the last Norwich Assizes. and a Judge's warrant issued for his apprehension; the exertions to discover his retreat were renewed, and he was in consequence traced by Mr. Streeton, an active constable of Boston, to the neighbourhood. Mr. Johnson, gaoler of Swaffham, accompanied by two constables of this town, proceeded together on Thursday last, in a chaise, to the North Forty-Foot Bank, about five miles from Boston, having received information that they would find the wretched offender there. He was discovered digging in a garden, and, being informed that they had come to apprehend him, he stoutly resisted, and, lifted up his spade, threatened to murder them if they did not desist; being a powerful and muscular man he caused great difficulty, but was at length handcuffed, and conveyed in the chaise to Boston, from whence he was taken to Lynn, to be examined by the Magistrates there.—Boston Gazette.