a notorious and open violation of all law and authority

Ever since the late Riot at Cavendish-bridge, (notwithstanding Information had been lodged against several persons of Sheepshead in this county, charged with being concerned in the said outrages) the constable has been hitherto unable to execute a warrant for the apprehending any of the said offenders. The magistrates acting for that Division having received Information of this notorious and open violation of all law and authority, sent to the chief Constable, and as we are informed directed him to summon the Petty Constables and charge such other assistance as should be thought necessary, in order to apprehend John Harriman and James Wragge, two of the Ringleaders in the late Riots, and Inhabitants of Sheepshead aforesaid; this business was directed to be performed as secretly as possible, and the parties appointed to assist in executing the Warrants, to assemble, upon the forest at a specified place, betwixt 6 and 7 in the morning on friday last, in hopes of taking the two fellows in bed; they were accordingly all assembled exactly at a quarter before 7, in the whole (including some Volunteers, from Loughbro’) betwixt 20 and 30 horsemen and about 10 or 11 footmen; notwithstanding all possible secrecy had been made use of in concerting this expedition, and though the morning favoured their purpose by a thick fog, preventing any object being seen till close upon it, it was soon perceivable that the town had been alarmed, by the hollowings heard at a distance. — The chief Constable however and his party rode forward, till they came within a very small distance of Sheepshead, when they discovered the mob drawn up on a rising ground upon a Pease stubble, in three regular lines extending a considerable distance, armed with great clubs &c. The high Constable attended by one gentlemen and a servant, (having desired their party to halt) went forward to expostulate with ’em upon the consequences that must inevitably follow this daring opposition to the laws of their country; and informed ’em further that if such as were in possession of any of the cheese stolen from the boats would return it back to the Constable of the town, for the use of the owners, and deliver up their two notorious Ringleaders, that intercession would be made for a general pardon for the rest; to this they replied, that they were determined to die man by man rather than deliver up any of their party; and immediately began the Engagement by discharging a volley of stones and brickbats &c. The Constable and his party feeling no probability of succeeding to their Intentions against such numbers, thought it prudent to retreat back to Loughbro’, but with some degree of precipitation. — Reports of these proceedings having been made to the Justices then sitting at Loughbro’, they thought proper to send for and consult the High Sheriff of the county who agreed to return to Sheepshead, the next morning, together with the Justices acting for the Hundred, constables, &c. and to call in for their assistance, a troop of dragoons (then quartered at Loughbro’). Accordingly on Saturday morning they set out again for Sheepshead; but the mob having intelligence of their approach (with the soldiers) their courage forsook ’em and each man sought his own safety by flight; the Troops marched into the town, whilst the Constables pursued the mob, several of whom were taken in Oakley wood, upon the forest, and skulking under the hedges and ditches of the neighbouring enclosures. Three only the Justices thought proper to commit.
++Several of the mob are said to have been armed with Scythes tied at the end of long poles; but we are not certain that this was fact,
++On Saturday and Sunday last were committed to our gaol, William Lane and John Leeson for receiving cheese knowing it to be stolen. As were Edward Lees, Robert Underwood and William Stubley, for feloniously taking cheese out of a boat near Cavendish-bridge, some time since, likewise Moses Hunt, for taking cheese out of a warehouse near the said bridge.
++Yesterday was committed to the town gaol, by John Fisher. Esq. Mayor of this borough, John Tingle, charged on the oath of Samuel Stinson, with stealing out of Mr. Sleath’s common stage waggon on Thursday night last, two shirts, one pair of leather breeches, one pair of stockings, and a quarter pound of tea.
++Yesterday was committed to the gaol of this borough James Chamberlain and Joseph Dykes, charged with stealing a pair of leather breeches, from Richard Heaford, a boy of ten years old.