Matthew Walls, arrested for stealing money from children

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    Name: Matthew Walls Arrested for: not given Arrested at: North Shields Police Station Arrested on: 24 February 1908 Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-123-Matthew Walls The Shields Daily News for 24 February 1908 reports: “STEALING MONEY FROM CHILDREN AT NORTH SHIELDS. At North Shields Police Court today, Matthew Walls (13), residing at 20 Bath Street, South Shields, was charged with stealing on the 2nd inst. from a little girl named Gertrude Long, while in Saville Street, 1s in money. PC Legg stated that on Saturday morning he was on duty in plain clothes in Saville Street keeping observation on the movements of the defendant for some time. He accosted five different children and when the little girl Long came along, he walked by her side and then snatched the 1s from her hand. He made off with the money, but witness gave chase and caught him in Church Way. He (witness) was placed in duty on Saville Street in consequence on numerous complaints concerning children being molested and money taken from them. There were two more charges of a similar character preferred against the accused, but in one of the cases the complainant failed to identify the boy. Defendant admitted the theft in two cases and the magistrates ordered him to receive eight strokes with the birch rod. The father of the boy expressed the hope that the authorities would not spare the punishment". 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. (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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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
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