A troublesome boy

Hertfordshire Mercury, 27th November 1915


At Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday, at a children’s court, William Prime (12), of Caroline Court, was summoned for wilful damage to two panes of glass, valued at 2s., belonging to Mr W. H. Lee.  Millie Turner, of 46 Baldock Street, said she was looking out of her window when she saw the defendant throwing stones at her windows.  He broke two of them, and also a tile off the roof.  The defendant persistently annoyed her by throwing stones at the windows.  He threw manure at her door, and despite her warnings he would not stop this conduct.

P.c. Bignell said that when he questioned the boy about the occurrence he said it was done accidentally.  The boy’s mother said the boy was unmanageable, and she wished the police would do something with him.  When the summons was served the mother said:  ‘The boy’s a perfect little devil.’  The witness added that the defendant was continually being spoken to by the police about throwing stones.

The Chairman said they were very sorry they could not birch the defendant, and if they fined him it would only fall upon his mother.  He would be put under the probation officer for two years.

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