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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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Poaching Wars

Poaching Wars

(p.181) Thirteen Poaching Wars
The Liverpool Underworld
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the history of animal poaching in Liverpool during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It explains that poaching was a double test of skill for criminals because it involved dealing both with nature and the authority of the landowner, gamekeeper, and policeman. It discusses efforts to address the problem, particularly the passage of the Night Poaching Act of 1816 which imposed severe punishment for poachers. This chapter also considers the history of the poacher groups Long Company led by William Cheetham and the Appleton Gang.

Keywords:   animal poaching, criminals, gamekeepers, police, Night Poaching Act, Long Company, William Cheetham, Appleton Gang

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