From the Daily Post, March 5th 1877
Police Court, Saturday March 3rd 1877
Bad Meat and Fish.- Joseph Smith, stall, Fish Market, was summoned for exposing five pigs’ plucks for sale that were unfit for human food. Mr. Herbert (instructed by the Town Clerk) appeared for the prosecution and Mr. Cheston defended. Inspectors Stevens and Jones gave evidence to the effect that on the 10th ult., they found five decomposed pigs’ plucks on the defendants stall in the Market, mixed with other meat which was of good quality and being offered for sale. For the defence Mr. Cheston urged that the meat was sold by the defendant to another person the day before it was seized, and that this person paid toll to the Market Hall authorities for permission to sell it. Witnesses were called to prove this allegation; but the Bench, after a lengthy deliberation, ruled that the defendant was responsible for the purity of goods sold on his premises, and imposed a fine of 5s and costs. – Thomas Sandland, fishmonger, Newtown Row, was fined 10s. and 12s. 2d. costs for exposing eleven plaice for sale at his shop on the 21st ult., which were decomposed and unfit for human food. – Inspector Jones proved the case.