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William Henry Williams of the parish of
Saint Woollos in the Borough of Newport
Accountant (a
Special Constable) States. About 4 in the afternoon of the
4th November last I received orders from the Magistrates to
go and search for Gunpowder which they had been informed
was secreted in a Hay Rick to the left of Etheridge's
- I accordingly went accompanied by William
Nicholas Morgan
and Edward Hopkins the Police Superintt-
In the Rick referred to we found no powder but 2 pike
heads with cross pieces - of a very dangerous description-
Mr Hopkins took possession of them - I should know
the sort again - After the others had left I went into a
field behind the Turnpike between the Caerleon and the
Chepstow Roads
and looked about for powder but found
none - but in a Ditch near a Hay Rick there I found
two pike handles one of which had a Socket for a pike
Head and the other had a Bayonet fixed on it - they
were about 8 feet long - I took them to the Westgate -
I afterwards took one of the handles to Monmouth and
left it in the court there - In the last mentioned
field I saw a great many foot prints as if people
had been walking about there.
__________________________William Hy Williams



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