Boys raid a grocer's van

Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th September 1915


At the Hitchin Petty Sessions on Tuesday, seven boys belonging to Letchworth, whose ages ranged from 14 to 19, were charged with the larceny of a jar of potted meat, value 6½d., the property of Messrs W. B. Moss and Sons, Ltd., Hitchin, at Walsworth, on September 14.  They all pleaded guilty.

The evidence of Joseph Deverall, of Meppershall, vanman, showed that about three o’clock on the day in question, while he was driving a pair-horse van up Letchworth Hill, he overtook the boys, who were sitting on the grass at the side of the road.  As he passed them, he heard a remark which caused him to look round, and he saw the boys at the back of the van.  Next he saw someone’s hand in among the goods, and when he pulled up he found that a jar of potted meat was missing.  He informed a passing motorist, who went for the police, and the boys were arrested by Sergt. Stacey as they were coming into Hitchin.

One of the lads, named Percy Humin, admitted taking the jar, and as he had been placed on probation twice previously the Bench sent him to a reformatory, while the others were admonished and bound over for six months.

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