Desperate measures to thwart bailiffs

Leeds Mercury
Tuesday 19 February 1867

A MAN BURNING HIS OWN FURNITURE

Yesterday, at the Wakefield Court House, a man named Wood was charged under the following circumstances:– He resided at Potovens, and, on Saturday, the bailiffs had possession of his premises, taking away a clock and some other property. He was away at the time, but at night he went into the house, and burnt the furniture that remained. In doing so, he set fire to the woodwork of the house, and might have set fire to adjoining property. The facts having been heard, the case was dismissed, the magistrates saying that the intent in destroying the furniture was not to burn the house.