Ware news - Fined For Theft Of Scrap

Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th August 1951

Ware news – Fined For Theft  Of Scrap

Admitting the theft of 95 ½ pounds of  scrap lead and 14 pounds of copper , which was scrap belonging  to the Eastern Electricity Board , Frederick Arthur Stamp (44), labourer , of 15 Clements Street ,  Ware , was fined £5 at Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday .

Inspector Palmer said that it was the duty of employees of the Board , by whom stamp was employed , to put scrap metal in a bin .

Det.-Con Needham saw Stamp  , and said he understood that he had offered some lead for sale . Stamp replied “No” but said he had some lead at home .

The Constable found the lead and copper in a sack in the coal cupboard at Stamp’s home .

When cautioned , he was alleged to have said , ” You have got  the swag and you have got me . “

In a statement , said the Inspector , Stamp said he took the lead over a period of three months , and intended to sell it .

He gave the police every assistance and admitted the offence .


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