Turnip Thefts at Conisborough

July 1900

Mexborough and Swinton Times, September 14.

Turnip Thefts at Conisborough.

Albert Webster, Fred Willies, Nicholas Cawthorne, Charles H. Hanley, Patrick Brine and Ernest Stonehouse, all boys living at Conisborough, were summoned by Mr Bosdin J Clarkson, of Conisborough, for having stolen turnips at Conisborough on August 31.

The defendants all pleaded guilty in chorus.

Mr Clarkson said that about an acre of turnips had being cleared by boyswho hadbroken into the fields.

Webster’s father said there was a two month´s holiday at the school, and parents could not tell where their children went in the daytime.

The Chairman said he thought it was a great reflection both on the parents and the school if when the children had a holiday they could not be taught to avoid stealing other people’s property.

The defendants were each fined 2s 6d and 7s 6d costs, and the Chairman expressed the hope that it would be their first and last appearance at the court.

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