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The York Herald & General Advertiser Saturday February 10th 1844  Issue 3724
Suspected Robbery
At about half past nine on Wednesday morning, H Outhwaite the rural police constable stationed at Elvington apprehended 2 young men in that village who gave their names as James Clark and Thomas Brown on suspicion of felony.
On searching the parties 3 pairs of wellington boots, a Chesterfield coat and a table cloth, some uncooked beef, a bottle of wine, a pocket testament and a quantity of butter were found upon them. Clark & Brown will be examined before the Magistrates at York Castle this day

The York Herald & General Advertiser Saturday February 17th 1844 Issue 3725
Detection of wholesale burglars
In our last we stated that 2 persons named James Clark & Thomas Brown had been apprehended by the rural police officer stationed at Elvington on suspicion of robbery, since then as will be seen from an account in another part of our publication, the parties have been committed on a charge of house breaking at Everingham.
At the time of their apprehension several pairs of men's boots and other property were found upon them which could not be identified with the latter transactio9n and in consequence Mr Maddison, the active and diligent superintendent of the rural police, instituted certain inquiries which led to the discovery of another burglary having been committed on the same night as to the one above alluded to in the dwelling house of Mr James Hussard of North Frodingham, shopkeeper.
An entrance had been effected by forcing open the window with a chisel  and on Mr Maddison comparing the indentations in the framework with a chisel found in the possession of Clark at the time he was taken into custody, and which was the same instrument used in breaking into Miss Kempley's house at Everingham he found them to correspond, the boots having been shown to Mr Hussard were at once identified as having been stolen from his house on the night of February 6th.

The York Herald & General Advertiser Saturday January 10th 1846  Issue 3822
The Treasurer of the York County Hospital has received the name of the Rev Robert Whytehead of Elvington Hall as an annual subscriber of 2 2s to that charity

The Leeds Mercury Saturday December 10th 1846 Issue 5897
Highway Robbery near York
Tom Smith 35, Thomas Robinson 23, John Tomlinson 27, Henry Williams 35, were charged with having assaulted Richard Milner and stolen from his person a silver watch and other articles.
Mr Blanshard conducted the prosecution. The prisoners were undefended, the prosecutor is a shoemaker residing at Elvington nr York. On the night of the 24th of November last he was returning home from York when near Heslington Field, he was attacked by 4 men and the above property was stolen from his person. The prisoners were apprehended at Ripon the next day, Williams had a knife in his possession which the prosecutor identified as his property.
The prisoner Smith sold the prosecutors watch to a person named Wood and the other prisoners being in his company at the time. The jury found Smith & Williams guilty, Robinson & Tomlinson not guilty.
Mr Justice Williams intimated that his description of offence was of such frequent occurrence in this county, that he and his brother Cresswell felt it necessary to take into consideration whether they ought to make an example of such offenders with a view to repress like outrages. He should not at present pass such a sentence on these men.

The York Herald & General Advertiser Saturday October 1st 1853 Issue 4223
An Expensive Spree
William Ward, Thomas Garbutt, James Exley and Thomas Shaw were charged by Heaton constable of Elvington, with having been drunk and disorderly at that village on the 14th ult when the defendants took possession of Mrs Moiser's public house and had to be ejected by the constable.
The defendants who are all young farm servants acknowledged the offence stating that they had got a 'drop too much' over a wedding. They were fined 5s and 3s 6d costs each. Mr Meek observing that it was a pretty expensive work getting drunk to which Garbutt replied amid roars of laughter, "It's not so expensive as getting sober again"

The York Herald Saturday October 4th 1856 Issue 4378
Obstructing the highroad- Joseph Gray, coal hawker of this city was summoned by Heaton the police constable of Elvington for having wilfully obstructed the highway at the place by allowing a horse and cart to remain on it for an hour and 20 minutes. The officer stated that the defendant left his cart standing in front of a public house while he went and indulged himself inside.
He afterwards came out drunk and refused to give his name. Defendant was told to be cautious in future and was directed to pay the costs amounting to 10s 6d

The York Herald Saturday March 3rd 1860 Issue 4557
On Saturday last at York castle before J Meek Esq, William Goodyear, joiner of Elvington, was charged by Mr Dresser with having been drunk & disorderly in the parish of Elvington on the 12th ult. He was reprimanded and ordered to pay 1s costs