a single footpad

On Monday night last, Mr. Argill a Shoemaker of Higham returning from Hinkley in company with the Mistress of the Sign of the Fox in Higham aforesaid, they were stopt in a close betwixt Wyken and Higham, by a single footpad who robbed Mr. Argill of his coat and the woman of her pockets containing two gold rings, a silver seal, and eight pence in money, and then made off.
++A few days before, Mr. Nicholls of Sapcote was stopped on his return from Hinkley by a single footpad, but luckily escaped being robbed.