Fred Farrar was a labourer and an experienced poacher. Aged about 70, Fred was a widower and had a son Wilfred Farrar who lived in Canada. Fred was caught poaching by PC Croft and he was arrested. Fred had just shot a pheasant. Fred had sought refuge at Loom Cottage, and the made his way to Emmerdale Farm with Annie Sugden and her father Sam Pearson, until deciding to hand himself in. It turned out that Fred had shot the bird in a tree, while stood on the road, which is common land, and the bird had dropped from the tree onto the road, meaning it was for anybody to pick up afterwards. PC Croft took no further action against Fred.