A young girl's downfall!

Hertfordshire Mercury, 20th May 1916


Ethel Brown, 18, of Hertford, was charged with stealing, on May 10th, a quantity of jewellery, a petticoat, and about 5 shillings in cash, all belonging to Mr and Mrs Coleman of Horns Mill Road.  The girl, who had been staying with the Colemans, had said that she was going away to London, but it was after she had left that the articles and money were found to be missing.

PS. Wright said that he had arrested the defendant at 16 Caxton Road, Wood Green where, after having been questioned, she had produced the jewellery from her hand-bag.  She also had admitted to taking about 5 shillings from a money box.  Mrs Coleman said that the defendant was her sister and that she believed the offence had been committed on impulse.  The defendant pleaded guilty.

Supt Pear said that the defendant had previously been placed on probation at Highgate, and it was Mr Hudson Dixon, the probation officer, who then asked that the girl be sent to a home.

The Bench gave the defendant a severe warning and confirmed that she was to be bound over and put on probation for 2 years.

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