Mexborough and Swinton Times September 23, 1916
Conisborough Boys Fined
Quite a number of boys, who ages ranged from 9 to 16 were before the Court on a variety of charges
Six Conisborough boys were fined 10 shillings for damaging turnips in the field belonging to Mr William Goodison and two others ,for damaging a fence belonging also to Mr Goodison, were similarly fined.
Five boys from Highgate, the eldest 15 years old, were summoned for breaking into a Plater’s hut on the Hull and Barnsley railway, doing damage to the extent of £1 5s 3d and stealing several spades, flags, picks and detonators, valued at 10 shillings
The lads pleaded guilty and expressed their regret.
Superintendent Minty said this petty pilfering was becoming a great nuisance.
Four of the boys were ordered to receive six strokes with the birch rod, the fifth was fined 20 shillings.