Theft of coal

Hertfordshire Mercury, 1st May 1915

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At Hertford Borough Sessions Leonard Jennings, 12 years old, of Port Hill, pleaded guilty to stealing coal from the Great Northern Railway Station on March 31.  Mr Colin Harrington, a detective in the Company’s service, stated that the lad was caught in the act of taking the coal in a sack, and when it was weighed it was found to be 52lbs.   The boy informed the police that he had been sent to get it by his mother.  Mrs Jennings said she sent the boy to pick up odd pieces of coal.  It was stated that the coal had frequently been fetched in this way.  The boy was fined £1 and placed on probation for six months, and the Mayor, addressing the mother, said she ought to be ashamed of herself to encourage the boy to become a thief.

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