James S. George, arrested for stealing from his sister

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When: 15 August 1906

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Name: James S. George
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 15 August 1906
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-93-James S George

The Shields Daily News for 22 August 1906 reports:

“At North Shields Police Court today James George (15) was charged with having, between Aug. 4th and 11th, stolen 3s in money, a silver match-box stand, and several articles of clothing, valued at £2 10s, the property of his sister, Alice Mary George. The whole of the property had been recovered by Sergt. Hall from four different pawnbrokers, with whom they had been pledged by the accused, who pleaded guilty. Inspector Scougal said the accused had been three time convicted for larceny since April 1903. Accused was remanded for a week with a view to being committed to a reformatory.”

The Shields Daily News for 24 April 1903 contains the details of one of the earlier cases.


Alexander George (13), James George (11), Henry Crow (13), Robert Charters (8), Montgomery Bryden (9) and Andrew Dodds (11), Stephenson Street, were charged with stealing a rabbit, valued at 1s 6d, from a backyard at 137 Linskill Street, the property of Sarah Spurling. Prosecutrix said that she missed a rabbit from her back premises, on the date named.

Alfred Hodgson, an assistant with Mr Kelday, poulterer, Camden Street, said that Charters brought the rabbit to the shop and offered to sell it, saying his father was out of work. He gave him 6d for it and afterwards handed it over to the police. Detective Sergt. Scougal said he arrested and charged the accused. They admitted participating in the theft and in sharing the proceeds.

Alex. George, James George, Andrew Dodds and Robt. Charters were then charged with stealing three pigeons, valued at 5s, from the backyard of 37 Jackson Street, on the 21st inst. William Williamson, a boy, said at 6.30pm on the 21st inst. he had a number of pigeons in a dovecot at the house of his parents. At 7pm they were missing. The birds were worth 5s. Later he went to a pigeon shop in the Borough Road and there identified two of them. Det.-Sergt. Scougal said he charged the accused and they admitted stealing the pigeons and selling two. The whole of the prisoners were ordered to be birched”.

For an image of Alexander George see www.flickr.com/photos/twm_news/28065712265/in/album-72157....

The Shields Daily News for 20 March 1905 also reported on another case involving George.


James George and Robert Charters, little boys, were summoned for throwing missiles in Linskill Street on the 3rd inst. The evidence showed that the defendants and other boys were continually annoying a tradesman in that thoroughfare. On the date named potatoes were thrown into the shop. One struck the woman behind the counter on the head and another smashed a window, the broken pane having since been replaced by George's father. George was fined 2s 6d without costs and the case against Charters was dismissed."

These images are a selection from an album of photographs of prisoners brought before the North Shields Police Court between 1902 and 1916 in the collection of Tyne & Wear Archives (TWA ref DX1388/1).

This set contains mugshots of boys and girls under the age of 21. This reflects the fact that until 1970 that was the legal age of majority in the UK.

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    • 02/Dec/2015 10:57:14

    Ouch - birched. Seems he didn't learn from those early thefts. Stealing from family (or anyone!) is bad..