South Yorkshire Times February 5, 1955
Boys in Court
Entering a Conisbrough shop after hearing tins being moved inside and seeing a boy jump out of a window and run away, two policeman found two more boys hiding behind a door, with scarves over their faces and large torches in their hands.
This was stated at Doncaster West Riding Juvenile court on Wednesday when the three boys, all aged 12, admitted breaking into the shop with intent to commit a felony. The boys also admitted being concerned with two other boys, aged 12 and 18, in stealing 18 bottles of beer and stout worth £1 1s 6d, from a store at the rear of a Conisbrough hotel.
One of the 12-year-olds admitted, with a 14-year-old stealing a torch, worth 17s 6d from a vehicle, and three 12-year-olds admitted stealing another torch, worth £2. Six of the boys asked for a total of 30 other thefts to be considered and all were placed on probation for two years, with costs ranging from 6s to 22s 3d. The seventh boy was given a conditional discharge on payment of 6s costs.
All were ordered not to associate with each other in future.