Cycle of offending - Welwyn

Hertfordshire Mercury, 29th September 1906


On Sunday night at about nine a man named Alfred Hales, of no fixed abode, was arrested at Mr Herbert Camfield’s cycle shop in High Street on suspicion of stealing a bicycle valued at £3.

It appears that the man Hales went to Mr Camfield’s shop about half-past eight that evening and offered the bicycle for sale.

The cycle dealer, thinking the machine might be stolen, at once gave information to the police. PS Francis thereupon went to the shop, and found the man there and he, and Camfield and PC Bolton conversing together.

The man was asked if the bicycle was his and he replied that it was his. Other conversation ensued, and the Sergeant, being of the opinion that everything was not satisfactory, took Hales to the police station. After being there a time the man admitted stealing the bicycle from Cambridge Park that day (Saturday) during a cricket match. He was detained and on Monday morning DS  L. Marsh, of the Cambridge Borough Police, arrived and conveyed the man to Cambridge.

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