SOME of Barnstaple s vilest villains came before the court on Friday as part of the town s Heritage Days historical fun. Victorian tailor Mr Smallby, played by George Gidman, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for trying to blow up the famous Albert

SOME of Barnstaple's vilest villains came before the court on Friday as part of the town's Heritage Days historical fun.Victorian tailor Mr Smallby, played by George Gidman, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for trying to blow up the famous Albert Clock in Barnstaple town square.Its chimes had, he said, prevented him from sleeping.The Hon Maurice Carrick (Steve Chamberlain) had better luck when tried for poaching, being let off by a judge (John Newton) in his same social group - to the loud dissent of the crowd.Irresponsible parking with his horse and cart cost George Chappell (Dean Howson) a hefty fine.But consideration of Walter Trim's (Steve Chamberlain) crime of illegally making and selling the secret recipe Barnstaple Fair ale was deferred while the judge continues his deliberations and sample tastings.The court hearings were part of a series of Heritage Days re-enactments and demonstrations by the Barnstaple Heritage Centre as part of the North Devon Festival.