Conisbrough Youths Took Van – “Devilment” Proved Expensive

August 1959

South Yorkshire Times August 29, 1959

Conisbrough Youths Took Van

“Devilment” Proved Expensive

“Devilment” brought five Conisbrough youths before Doncaster Borough Court on Wednesday, the five admitting taking and driving away a van from Arbitration Street, Doncaster, without the consent of the owner, ” just for devilment” after they had missed the last bus home.

The youths, Derrick Patrick Goddard (22), and John Bailey (19), both miners, of Peake Avenue, Henry Rodgers (21), factory worker ; of Daylands Avenue, Patrick Hughesl (17), an ice cream salesman, of Scott Avenue, and Terence Hackett (16). Royal Navy cook, also admitted a further offence of using the vehicle, valued at £150, without a policy of insurance. Each of the five was fined £4.

Goddard was fined a further and disqualified from driving for a year after he had pleaded guilty to driving the van without holding a driving licence.

The court accepted a ‘not guilty’ plea to a charge of stealing the van.

Detective Inspector John Lowe, said a police ,motor patrol car overtook and stopped the van about a mile from Arbitration Street.