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By Nicola Gauld
On This Day, 6 September 1917
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Thursday 6 September 1917
A YOUTHFUL BIRMINGHAM HOUSEBREAKER
In the Birmingham Children’s Court, today, Edward Hopkins (15), labourer, back 360, Lichfield Road, and Arthur Fernihough (13), 380a, Lichfield Road, were charged with stealing £6 10s., belonging to Eliza Cade, 2, Minstead Road, Gravelly Hill.
During the absence of prosecutrix on Monday the boys entered the house and took the money from a bed room. They went to Coventry, and, being unable to obtain lodgings on Tuesday night, they spoke to a constable, and he detained them. On the boys being searched the sum of £4 15s. 6d. was found concealed in their stockings.
Hopkins was remanded for a week, and Fernihough placed on probation for six months.
George Henry Harrison (12), 5, Orchard Terrace, Orchard Road, was charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Alfred Redden, 23 Orchard Road, and stealing from a drawer in the front sitting room a tin box containing 2 1/2d.
Mr. Redden’s house was entered about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and on Harrison being charged by Police-constable Willis with the theft he replied, “I got over some boards and through the scullery window, and after ransacking the house I left by the back kitchen door.”
The officer said several complaints had been received by the police about the boy, one of which referred to a gold watch which had been stolen.
Harrison was placed on probation for twelve months.