Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 13 March 1931
Denaby Miner Sent to Prison
A Denaby miner, Herbert Colclough, was at Denaby at Doncaster on Saturday sent to prison for month for having obtained 12/6 by false pretences the Don Valley Public Assistance Committee.
Arthur G Smith, relieving officer, said that on January 20 defendant obtained a food ticket, for 12/6 without disclosing the fact that four days previously he drew £2 11s 10d in wages.
Colclough said his wages were only £1 14s 0d and after stoppages he had only 15s to take home. He had no intention of defrauding the committee, but did it for the benefit of his wife and children. He had three children. He was willing to repay the money.
Sentencing the defending, Mr Mark Nokes (chairman) told him that the country would could not stand the frauds, which would not be allowed.