Aireborough Historical Society

1864 Theft Guiseley




Title
Theft
Date September 1864
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
Y100
Comment

                                      "Theft By A Boy At Guiseley

   On Thursday a boy about twelve years of age named William Rhodes Brown, was brought before  Mr Billam and Mr Fison at the Court House, Otley, charged with stealing on the 28th May last, four £5 notes, the property of Mr John Harper of Guiseley, beerhouse keeper.

At the time of the robbery the prisoner lived as a servant with the prosecutor.

No suspicion at the time was attached to the prisoner, who remained in the prosecutor's employment for several weeks afterwards.

    A few days ago it was found that the prisoner had purchased a horse for £8, two silver watches, two suits of clothes and other articles for which he had paid in £5 notes.

The prisoner, on being apprehended by police constable Smith of Guiseley, admitted having stolen the money.

The magistrates committed him for two calendar months with hard labour and ordered him to be afterwards detained in a Reformatory School for five years.

 

Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling

 

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