At Hitchin Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Ivy Papworth, fifteen and a half years of age, but who looked much older, giving an address at St Andrews Street, Hitchin, but who it was stated by the police was the daughter of very respectable parents residing at Smith’s End, Barley, was charged with obtaining money by false pretences from Mr Leonard Angell, baker and confectioner, of Walsworth Road, Hitchin, on April 9.
The defendant had formerly been in service at St Albans, but her mistress leaving, she came to Hitchin and took lodgings while she sought another situation. From the evidence it appeared that the girl entered the shop and asked for some cakes. These could not be supplied, and she then asserted that earlier in the morning she had purchased some cakes and the assistant had given her short change.
Miss Way, the assistant, denied ever having seen the girl before, but believing her story, Mr Angell gave her the amount which she claimed she was short. Having his suspicions aroused, Mr Angell sent his daughter to watch the girl’s movements, and in consequence of her report he communicated with the police, and she was arrested by Sergt. Stacey. The girl pleaded guilty and was bound over for six months.