February 26, 1833

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From the pages of the Norfolk Chronicle.

A desperate affray took place between the coastguard, under Lieut George Howes RN and a large party of armed smugglers, at Cley-next-the-Sea. The coastguard were obliged to fire several times in self-defence.
The contraband goods seized consisted of 127 half-ankers* of brandy and between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds of manufactured tobacco.

*An anker was a Dutch unit of capacity equal to about 10 US gallons or 38.8 litres.