Susannah Adamson, arrested for stealing a man's purse

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    Name: Susannah Adamson Arrested for: Larceny Arrested at: North Shields Police Station Arrested on: 15th February 1904 Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-35-Susannah Adamson The Shields Daily Gazette for 1 March 1904 reports: "Susannah Adamson (25) who resides in Magnesia Bank, accompanied a labourer named Alexander Angus into the Gardeners' Arms, in Rudyard Street, on Saturday. While there she relieved him of a purse and 25s. Angus did not know of his loss until the woman had left the bar and when he discovered it he immediately followed her, took possession of his purse, opened it and found it contained 1½ d. Detective Scougal arrested in her own house later in the night, and the woman told him that she had never seen either Angus or his money. Before the North Shields magistrates Adamson made a most vigorous defence, protesting that she never stole any of the man's money. Before this case she had made ten appearances before the magistrates and she was now committed to prison for a month". 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). (Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email
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    Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
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