Begging Case

December 1911

Mexborough and Swinton Times December 9, 1911

Begging Case

At Doncaster, on Tuesday, William Westwood, miner, Denaby had 2s 6d and costs to pay for using abusive language to his nine-year-old son. He was further summoned for sending the boy out to beg on 16th November.

At 6.0 5 AM on the date named, PC Glithro saw the boy stopping men as they left the colliery, and from enquiries made, he found he had been asking them for “snap.” He asked the boy who sent in there, and he replied his father, when the officer saw the latter he made no reply. It had been going on for a month.

Alfred Lee, manager of a beer off at Denaby, said he had seen the child every morning for a month. On the morning in question he had neither shoes nor stockings on, and it was raining. The boy told witness that if he did not take some “snap” home his father would hit him.

Defendant denied the offence, saying he was at work at the time. Defendant’s wife also gave evidence, and said she sent the boy out to look for the postman.

On defendant promising to look after the lad better, the case was dismissed.