Poteen-makers caught red-handed

Policemen's clever capture

Published: 11 November 1913

Two men were charged with offences under the Illicit Distillation Act at Ballycastle Petty Sessions today. 

Speaking before Mr J.D. Gerrard, R.M., Constable Coleman told the Court how he dressed himself up as a countryman going to market, while two other constables dressed up as farmers' wives. To add colour to his disguise, Constable Coleman carried a basket of eggs. 

The policemen approached the premises where it was suspected that poteen was being made. Upon seeing the operation, the constables threw off their disguises and the men were arrested. 

The defendents admitted the charge and were each fined £6.


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