Conisborough Child Thieves Brought to Book

April 1907

Mexborough and Swinton Times April 28, 1907

Conisborough Child Thieves Brought to Book

Two small boys aged eight, named Ernest Sykes and William Bullcroft, appeared in the dock to answer a charge of stealing a dispatch bag, the property of the Great Central Railway Company.

Mr Arthur Hall appeared to prosecute and from his statement it appears that the stolen property had been extracted from the platform of the railway station, on Thursday, 4 April.

PC Wailes spoke as to the apprehension of the children, who first stated that they had got bag from a fried fish shop, but subsequently admitted they had taken it from the railway station.

Both the defendants pleaded guilty, and their parents were bound over under the provisions of the First Offenders Act.