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October 1957

Army absentee stole coal
   A National Serviceman who came home on leave, then sent a sick note to the army authorities, was visited at home by a doctor, who said he was fit. He ordered him to rejoin his regiment the same day - but he did not.
   At Wigan today, the Serviceman, Thomas Fishwick (19), of Warrington-road, Lower Ince, who admitted being absent without leave from his unit at Owestry, was ordered to be remanded in custody to await a military escort. He was also fined 2 for stealing coal.
   Chief Supt. W. H. Harrison said a railway employee and a special constable saw Fishwick stealing coal from a wagon in the sidings. Fishwick ran away when the man approached him, but was later seen by police at his home and admitted the offence.
   Fishwick's commanding officer told the court Fishwick had been absent without leave on one occasion before.

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