Theft of apples

Hertfordshire Mercury, 11th September 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions George Henry Jones (16), Joseph Frederick Beesley (14), Charles Hodge (14), and Alfred Pratt (14), all of Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt, were charged with stealing growing apples to the value of 6d., from the back garden of No. 80 High Street, Cheshunt, the property of Henry Woodhouse, on September 7.  The defendants pleaded guilty.

P.C. Darlington said that on Tuesday evening he kept observation on the garden at the rear of No. 80 High Street, Cheshunt, in company with Mr Seymour.  They saw the four boys enter the garden, and one of them climbed a tree and commenced picking the apples.  The boys were caught and taken to the Police Station.  Henry Woodhouse, the prosecutor, valued the apples at 6d.  Sergt. Feakes said the police had to take action in these cases because of the damage which boys did to apple trees.  The lads were fined 5 shillings.

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