Hu-an-cry or hue-and-cry (Latin, hutesium et clamor), at common law a process by which bypassers were summoned to assist in the apprehension of a criminal who had been witnessed in the act of committing a felony. By the statute of Winchester, 13 Edw. I cc. 1 and 4, (1285) it was provided that anyone, either a constable or a private citizen, who witnessed a felony shall make hue and cry, and that the hue and cry must be kept up against the fleeing felon from town to town and from county to county, until the felon is apprehended and delivered to the sheriff. All able bodied men, upon hearing the shouts, were obliged to assist in the pursuit of the criminal. At the end of the 17th century also: an official gazette in which particulars about offences committed, offenders ‘wanted’, etc. were published for the information of the authorities.