Theft from a football pavilion - petty sessions

Hertfordshire Mercury, 8th December 1906

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Two boys, named Alexander Bamford and Ernest Attwood, Albury Grove Road, Cheshunt, were charged with stealing various articles from the pavilion of Cheshunt Football Club.

James Walton, of Waltham Cross, a member of Cheshunt Football Club, said that the property was missed on November 27th. On that day he found that the window at the back of the pavilion was broken and that on going in he found that three brushes, five teaspoons, a comb, and a football were missing.

P. S. Gurnett stated on the 28th November he saw Bamford and asked were he got the football he had been playing with. He replied the found it in a hedge in Albury Road, but afterwards admitted that he got it from the pavilion. Soon afterwards witness saw Attwood and from his mother received the whole of the stolen property except the bladder of the football, which was given him by Mrs Bamford. Bamford made a statement to the effect that he and Attwood went to the pavilion, broke a window at the back with a piece of iron and got the property. Prisoners pleaded guilty and elected to be tried summarily.

Attwood was then further charged with a boy named Horace Carter, of Prospect Road, with stealing a second football from the pavilion about the same date. P. S. Gurnett said that in consequence of what was said by the prisoners in the last case he went to Carter’s house and charged him with stealing a football with Attwood. He replied he went to the pavilion, broke open the window, and got the football. He took the bladder out and threw the leather cover into a field. Witness afterwards found the leather, and the bladder was in the ball he received from Mrs. Attwood. The Secretary of the Club stated they did not wish to press the charge. They wanted the case to be a warning to other boys.  Mr Burns said that Attwood and Carter attended his Sunday School class. They were very sorry for what they had done, and he hoped the Bench would treat them leniently this time.

Bench bound the boys over to come up for judgement when called upon.

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