Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th August 1951
Ware news – Fined For Theft Of Scrap
Admitting the theft of 95 ½ pounds of scrap lead and 14 pounds of copper , which was scrap belonging to the Eastern Electricity Board , Frederick Arthur Stamp (44), labourer , of 15 Clements Street , Ware , was fined £5 at Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday .
Inspector Palmer said that it was the duty of employees of the Board , by whom stamp was employed , to put scrap metal in a bin .
Det.-Con Needham saw Stamp , and said he understood that he had offered some lead for sale . Stamp replied “No” but said he had some lead at home .
The Constable found the lead and copper in a sack in the coal cupboard at Stamp’s home .
When cautioned , he was alleged to have said , ” You have got the swag and you have got me . “
In a statement , said the Inspector , Stamp said he took the lead over a period of three months , and intended to sell it .
He gave the police every assistance and admitted the offence .