Francis Smith, labourer, arrested for stealing a copper vessel

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When: 16 March 1908

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Name: Francis Smith
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 16 March 1908
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-123-Francis Smith

For an image of his accomplice Albert Pollard see

The Shields Daily News for 16 March 1908 reports:


At North Shields Police Court today, Albert Pollard (25), slinger and Francis Smith (20), labourer, Tynemouth, were charged with having stolen from the back yard of the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, on the 11th inst., a copper vessel, value £2 10s, the property of the Newcastle Breweries Coy.

The chef at the hotel spoke to missing the vessel and giving information to the police. A marine store dealer named Wallace, said he bought the article from the prisoners for 3s 6d. The vessel he said was only worth about 5s.

Chief Constable Huish: What is the value of copper?
Witness: 4½d to 5d.
And what is the weight of the vessel?
One stone.

Detective Radcliffe said he arrested the accused in Tynemouth and charged them with the theft. Formally charged the prisoners admitted their guilt and pleaded for leniency. Stating that they were out of employment and in poverty. The magistrates bound them over in their own recognisances to come up for judgement if called within six months."

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).

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