Boys' bad record

Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th December 1915


At the Stevenage Petty Sessions on Thursday, three schoolboys named Walter Day (10), Hector M. Hearne (12), and Harold G. Tooley (13). all of Trinity Road, Stevenage, were charged with being concerned together in the theft of a 10 shilling Treasury note, a pair of gold pince-nez, value 30 shillings, and a knife, value 1s. 2d., the property of Sapper Rippington, R.E., and also a gold medal, value £2 10s., two cigarette cases, value 6s. 2d., and other articles, the property of Sapper W. J. Miller, R.E.

Evidence having been given to the effect that the articles had been stolen from the soldiers’ billets, Supt Reed asked leave to mention three other cases which had come to the knowledge of the police since the issue of the summonses.  Leave being granted, Supt Reed said the boys were concerned with stealing mittens and other articles from a shop on November 30, a bag from another shop on December 2, and a parcel off a bicycle on December 3.

The Bench convicted, but postponed sentence until the next Court, the boys to be punished by the parents to the satisfaction of the police in the interval.

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