Theft of a bicycle

Hertfordshire Mercury, 13th February 1915


Harry Martin, 20, of Little Heath, was summoned to Hatfield Petty Sessions for stealing a bicycle, valued at £1, the property of Harry Spencer, on January 29th.  Harry Spencer, of Wild Hill, said that he kept the bicycle (produced) in a shed at the back of his workshop, and missed it on Friday, January 29th.  The defendant worked for the witness for three and a half days.  The witness informed the police when he missed the bicycle, and saw it next day at the police station at Hatfield.

P.S. Mead said that at 6 p.m. on January 29th he received the report from Mr Spencer of the loss of the cycle.  On Saturday, January 30th, he went to the defendant’s house and told him he was making enquiries about the bicycle.  He denied all knowledge of it at first, but when the witness saw it in the kitchen the defendant admitted stealing it.  The witness took him to Hatfield, and he said he had been out of work for three or four months, and took the machine to get some food, and so that he could join the Army.

The defendant elected to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded guilty.  He was bound over to come up for judgment if called upon.  The Bench expressed a wish that the defendant would enlist in the army.  Mr Mundin, police court missionary, said he would see what he could do for the defendant.

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