Boy's theft from a nursery

Hertfordshire Mercury, 24th July 1915


At Ware Petty Sessions Charles Ward, of 4 Grays Cottages, Hertford Heath, pleaded guilty to stealing four cucumbers, the property of Mr Alexander Way, valued at 1 shilling. PC Frogley of Stanstead Abbots, said that on Saturday, June 19, he stopped the defendant who was riding a bicycle on the footpath.  He asked him his name, which he gave the witness, and he said that he was employed at Way’s nurseries.

The witness pointed to a white paper parcel tied with string which was protruding from his pocket, and asked him if they were cucumbers, and he admitted that they were, and said the foreman, or some other man he did not know asked him if he was ‘old Charley Wood’s son’, and he replied that he was.  He then said ‘Well take him these four cucumbers’.  The witness told him he was not satisfied with the story, and the defendant then admitted taking four cucumbers from the houses.  The defendant said he had seen other men take cucumbers and he did the same.  Walter Macair, manager of the nursery, said no one had any right to take cucumbers away.

Supt Handley said that Mr Way had only prosecuted because he knew some of the men were taking cucumbers and he wanted it stopped.  The defendant was bound over under the Probation Act for twelve months, and was ordered to pay 5 shillings towards the cost of the case.

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