Courtroom resembled a second-hand shop!

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1913 Police Court

At the Borough Police Court, certain goods mentioned in two charges were stacked around the seats usually occupied by the common jury at the Quarter Sessions, and the court presented the appearance of a second-hand dealer’s shop, there being a table, several chairs, bedding, pictures, a carpet, a pottery stand and other household goods. A horse and rully had been requisitioned by the police in order to convey the various articles to the court. The case was heard by the Mayor, Mr AM Daniel, presiding; and other magistrates.

The prisoners and charges in the cases were - John Marsh (62), mason, 20, Langdale Road who appeared on remand charged with having stolen from the Railway Chambers, Pavilion Road, a quantity of household furniture of the value of £3 7s, the property of Messrs Mosey and Rines.

He was also charged, together with Henry Edward Milnthorpe, gardener, 27, Trafalgar Street West, with having stolen from the same premises 11 pictures, valued at £4 4s 6d, the property of Messrs Mosey and Rines.

In answer to the charge against Marsh and Miln-thorpe, Marsh pleaded guilty, but Milnthorpe said that he absolutely denied the charge. He helped to remove the goods which were at his house, he was understood to say, for use in the season.

The first charge against Marsh was then proceeded with, and the Chief Constable, Mr H Windsor, said that Mr Cecil Wm Mosey would tell their worships that his firm had a quantity of furniture stored at the Railway Chambers.

Prisoner was employed by some people who hired rooms from Messrs Mosey and Rines in the same building, namely the Christian Scientists Society. It was only fair to state that prisoner was not a member of that society. The loss was reported to the police and enquiries were made which resulted in the whole of the property being recovered, the greater part of it being discovered at the house of prisoner, and the remainder being found at the residence of Milnthorpe.

Mr Mosey said that some of the rooms were sub-let to the Christian Scientists on Wednesdays and Sundays. As far as he knew defendant had access to the building, but not to that room in which the furniture in question was stored. Last Friday witness went to the rooms about ten o’clock in the morning and discovered that the goods were missing. He informed the police. Witness saw Marsh at his work, and subsequently he went to his house at 20 Langdale Road, and found a carpet, coconut matting, a glass tumbler and other articles, produced in court. Witness valued the alleged stolen articles at between £4 and £5.

Lily Wilson, practising Christian Scientist at Scarborough, residing at 20 Langdale Road, said the defendant had lodged with her since October.

The prisoner returned home with a carpet (produced), the coconut matting, and teapot and cruet. She asked him where he had got them from, and he said he got them from the sale room at Messrs Ward Price. “Well there has been no sale this morning, has there?” she said.

The following day he brought home a cushion and feather pillow. He said he had given 3s for them at a sale.

Detective Yeoman said that on the morning of April 27th he went to 27 Trafalgar Street West, the residence of Milnthorpe, and saw some furniture which answered the description of the goods 
reported to be missing. He then saw prisoner Milnthorpe in his kitchen and interviewed him, and prisoner replied that Marsh told him that he could have the use of the furniture for the summer. Witness took possession of the furniture.

Detective Inspector Nawton said that on the 21st he arrested the prisoner Marsh. On Tuesday morning witness saw Milnthorpe at the police office. He arrested him.

After a lengthy hearing Milnthorpe was acquitted, and Marsh sent to the Quarter Sessions, bail being allowed.