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♦— ARREST OF ALLEGED "SMASHERS." [From Orit Correspondent.] LONDON, March 28. Tbe London police did signal service in connection with the great frauds on the Bank of Liverpool, and they have gained fresh laurels by the speedy capture of five of the men concerned more or less intimately with the recent distribution of forged Bank of England £5 notes. The gang " run in " consists of Thomas Brown, a Stratford publican; Morris Freeman, alias Wyndham, a man whose ostensible occupation is that of a public-house manager; Harry Davenport, a Walthamstow fishcurer ; Tom Gibbons, a Kilburn plasterer ; and Friedland Levy, a> German Jew, who oses as a " brass-finisher)" < - All these men were "bagged" on Saturday night last as the result of quiet work by Inspector Davidson and others since Feb. 7. For several weeks the police watched the men without reaping much reward, but on Tuesday of last week, the officers got hob on the scent, and with the help of a civilian named Fry (who had given the police a tip previously), they arranged a pretty little trap for the suspects. In fine, they "put up " Fry and another man named Sammes to open up negotiations with the suspected ! " smashers " for the purchase of notes, and an interview was arranged between Fry, • Sammes and Davenport at the Cannon Street Hotel. Davenport and his bogus customers chatted about bogus notes in one room and the police took notes of their conversation in the next. Davenport was heard to remark: "I can't get my man to come into the city with the notes, but if you will bring the money to tho house at the East End you can examine them there." Later the same day Fry brought Davenport again to the room. Davenport was told that the transaction might bs completed anywhere by engaging a cab. Leaving the hotel Davenport went to Cannon Street Station and there met Brown. The subsequent movements of this pair need not be recorded. Suffice it to say that in the East End their cab was bailed up by the police, who found in their ppssession two hundred and nine forged JBS Bank of England noteH. Freeman said when arrested: "I know nothing about any forged notes." Gibbons was recognised us having been in the company of the other men, and he was arrested. He made no reply to the charge. Levy was arrested at the Unicorn public-house. Commercial Street. He remarked to the officers, " You need not tell me the charge. If you are police officers that is enough."The men are now under remand.

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THE FORGED "FIVERS.", Star, Issue 7392, 2 May 1902

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THE FORGED "FIVERS." Star, Issue 7392, 2 May 1902