Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 03 August 1940
D.C.M. Smart “Specials.”
Two Conisborough special constables were complimented by the police and the Doncaster West Riding Bench on Wednesday in connection with a case in which two youths aged 15 and 14 years admitted breaking and entering a workshop at a Conisborough garage and stealing keys and with also attempting to steal petrol from the same garage.
Asked what they had to say, one of the youths said they were very sorry. They just wanted a drop of petrol for a motor bike.
Inspector Lee said he understood that an uncle of one of them who had a motor-cycle had joined the Army and they apparently wanted some petrol to run the cycle, though neither had a licence nor could they get one because they were not of age.
One of the fathers said if they got the petrol it would have been no use because the bike was an old one and they could not have got it to go.
The Chairman said had they been older they would have been sent to prison. As it was they would each be fined £5, which they would pay at the rate of 10s. a week.
The two special constables, Clarkson and Hayhurst, were called before the Bench and were complimented by the Chairman and also by Inspector Lee for their vigilance The Chairman said they fully appreciated all the good work they were doing in assisting the regular police.