DETECTIVES SWOOP DOWN ON A JEWISH HOUSEHOLD.
An important seizure of an illicit still and its adjuncts was made in the East-end of London yesterday by detectives of the Inland Revenue.
For some time past a close watch has been kept on the house, 30, Goulston-street, a thoroughfare which runs parallel to "Petticoat-lane," now Middlesex-street, and the police spent the early part of yesterday in awaiting an opportunity to make a coup.
Acting on information they received, Chief Detective-inspector Llewhellen, Detectives Mitchell and Cope, Detective-sergeants Whitbread and Gill, of the H division, and a number of constables eventually surrounded the house, the whole force being so distributed as to guard every exit.
The scene of the still was the basement, which was in the name of a couple named Weinstein, and when everything was in readiness Chief Inspector Llewhellin and Detectives Mitchell and Cope made their way thither,
DOWN A TORTUOUS FLIGHT OF STEPS.
The door of the basement room was locked, but this was a small difficulty. Detective Mitchell, who was armed with a jemmy, very quickly forced an entrance.
Two men and a woman, evidently Jews, were in the room. An illicit still had been fitted up near the fireplace, and was hard at work.
Boxes of sugar to the weight of some 5cwt. were also discovered, and barley and oats were lying about in all directions. There were some 500 gallons of wash in a state of fermentation in barrels, and about thirty gallons of whiskey ready for consumption, while on a shelf stood numerous empty bottles.
The occupants were taken into custody, and brought to Commercial-street Police-station, where they were formally charged, preparatory to appearing at Worship-street Police-court today.
Source: Daily Mail, Thursday August 24, 1899, Page 3