Theft by children

Hertfordshire Mercury, June 1915


At Ware Petty Sessions, at a children’s court, Florence Page (16) and Lily Page (10), of the Towing Path, Ware, were summoned for stealing growing vegetables belonging to Samuel Foreman, on June 22.

They pleaded guilty.

The prosecutor said he had missed some onions from his garden near the railway at Ware, and also some cabbages.  P.C. Bignell said that on June 22 he went to see Mrs Page, and questioned her regarding the onions, and both she and the eldest girl denied knowledge of them.  The witness told them he heard the girls had been selling onions, and the mother said they were selling some from their own garden.  He noticed the mother and the elder girl shaking their heads as if to warn the younger girl not to say anything.  At last the little girl admitted getting the onions off an allotment garden near the railway line.  From statements which both the defendants made it appeared that they took about six rows of onions from the allotment garden, tied them up, and the younger girl went to sell them.

The Bench bound them over under the Probation Act for twelve months, and handed them over to the care of Miss Morris.

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