Welwyn police court - boys bound over

Hertfordshire Mercury, 30th January 1931


Welwyn police court - boys bound over


Two Welwyn Garden City schoolboys were summoned on a charge of breaking and entering the kiosk at Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City, the property of Welwyn Stores Ltd , on December 29.

P.C. Barber said that on December 29 he examined the kiosk and found a pane of glass broken.  Some chocolates on the counter appeared to have been pushed back.

Frances Wilson, 31 Primrose Cottages, Hatfield, employed at the  kiosk, identified five packets of chocolates as being similar to those sold at the kiosk. They were kept at the front of the counter.

P.C. Butcher said that on December 30 he saw one of the boys in the presence of his parents. Defendant said ” Last night I went to the pictures with another boy. When we came out we went to the kiosk to get a comic paper. The kiosk was locked, and I kicked the window and smashed the glass. ” Later the boy admitted taking some packets of chocolate and hiding them by the cinder track. The other boy confirmed the statement.  Later the chocolates were pointed out to the witness.   Both these defendants were further charged , together with a third boy , with breaking a number of glass panes of empty houses belonging to Welwyn Public Utility Society .

P.C. Dare , stationed at Welwyn Garden City , stated that on January 6 he called on the eldest boy , who admitted breaking panes at Longcroft Lane and Longcroft Green. The two other boys also admitted breaking windows.

After retiring, the Bench decided to bind over the two elder boys for two years, and the youngest was allowed to go free. All promised to be of good behaviour, and the parents were ordered to pay for the damage.

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