"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.
time of the robbery the prisoner lived as a servant with the prosecutor.
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
The magistrates committed him for two calendar months with hard labour
and ordered him to be afterwards detained in a Reformatory School for five
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling