South Yorkshire Times February 12, 1955
Denaby Man’s Offences at Wath
Spent Workmates Wages on Drink, Gambling
Given three wage packets to hand to 3 other men, a 40-year-old Denaby Main labourer absconded and took the money with him. He spent all the money on gambling and drink at Leeds and later gave himself up at Wakefield.
This was stated by Chief Inspector L Farmer, prosecuting at Rotherham West Riding Court on Monday when the Labourer, Harry Ball of 15 Barnburgh Street, Denaby, was sent to prison three months after pleading guilty to stealing £14 6s 3d from his employers, The Simplex Piling Company, London.
Chief Inspector Farmer said the Piling Company had been working at Manvers Main and were packing up to move to Oldham. The foreman, who had to leave that afternoon, gave Ball three wage packets to make sure that the men would pay before they left. The wage packets contained £14 6s 3d.
Ball did not hand the money to the men. After he had finished his work he absconded to Leeds. Later he gave himself up at Wakefield and told the police of the offence he had committed at Wath.