Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Tuesday 18 December 1888
Theft of Coal
Frederick Parnham, aged 12, was ordered to receive six strokes with the birch rod, for having stolen a quantity of coal belonging the Denaby Main Colliery Company, on the 3rd December.
Detective-Inspector Bent, in the employ of the Manchester. Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway Company, proved seeing the defendant on to the railway sidings at Swinton.
He took several lumps of coal from waggon. When spoken to by the officer the defendant denied having stolen the coal, but afterwards said his mother had sent him.
The Chairman said in all these cases the Bench thought the parents were more blame than the children.