A stitch in time ......!

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th November 1914


George Board, alias Smith (21), a tailor, pleaded guilty to indictments for burglary at the house of George Lewis, at Bushey, on 2nd November, and stealing a suit of clothes from William Henry Turner, at Watford, on 18th August.

It appeared that the prisoner was formerly an apprentice to Mr Turner but left his employ early in the present year and in August, when Mr Turner was ill, the prisoner went to see him , but as he went out he helped himself to a suit of clothes which he then pawned. Nothing more was heard of him until November when a policeman met him carrying a parcel and, when challenged as to its contents, he said they were clothes.

Finding the clothes were rather hard, the Constable proceeded to inspect the contents, whereupon the prisoner ran away.  It was found that the parcel contained over 60 articles varying from a silver teapot to a pocket book, which had been stolen from the house of Mr Lewis in Bushey.

The judge, in passing sentence, said “You are just 21, Smith, and you are starting on a nice career.  First of all you rob your late master, and then you commit this burglary.  You have nothing to say for yourself and there is nothing to be said for you.  You must go to hard labour for 18 months”.

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