The servant stole the goods, and the mother received the goods. Not a good combination

Hertfordshire Mercury, 9th February 1918

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Emily Farr (20), domestic servant, and Florence Ward, her mother, both of Norton Green, were charged on remand at the Stevenage Sessions last week, the former with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mary Ann Briden, 1 Essex Road, Stevenage, and of stealing 1 gold brooch, 1 brooch, 1lb of butter, 1 pot of marmalade, 1 pot of honey, and a basket, together to the value of £3 11s 4½d, on 20th January, and the mother with receiving the stolen goods.

Hilda Briden said that she had been to Chapel with her mother on the Sunday night, January 20th, then finding things in the house disturbed on her return.  Articles were also missed, and the police were informed.

Inspector Bowyer gave evidence as to how he traced the theft to one of the defendants and the receiving of the goods to the other.

The defendants were convicted, and the mother, as receiver, was sent to prison for 6 weeks.  The daughter was remanded to Holloway prison until the next Sessions in order that the Magistrates might consider what was best to be done in her case.

At the following Stevenage Petty Sessions, Emily Farr (20), of Norton Green, Stevenage, charged at the last Sessions with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mary Ann Briden, I Essex road, Stevenage, and stealing 1 gold brooch, I brooch, 1lb of butter, 1 pot of marmalade, 1 pot of honey, and 1 basket, valued together at £3 11s 4½d, on January 20th, was brought up to hear the decision of the Bench, with the mother having been charged with receiving and having been sent to prison for 6 weeks.  The Bench placed the defendant on probation for 12 months.  Mr H.J. Andrews, Probation Officer, reported that he had found a suitable Church Army Home for the girl.

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