Thursday Flashback

Today at the Scarborough Police Court, before Mr J Hall, and Mr Yarborough, George Lyon, labourer, Scarborough, was charged with having stolen an acetylene bicycle lamp, valued at 7s 6d at Lebberston, on October 31st.

The offence was admitted, and Thomas Segsworth, butcher, residing in Union Street, Filey, the prosecutor, said that on October 29th, he lent the lamp to a man named George Smith. He identified the lamp produced as his.

George Thomas Smith, joiner, Lebberston, said he borrowed the lamp (produced) from the last witness on October 29th. On October 31st he left the lamp outside his shop at Lebberston, attached to his bicycle.

Later he found the lamp missing. Lyon was there, and witness asked him who had taken the lamp, and he replied that it was there when he went up.

PC Bromley (Cayton) said he received information of the theft at 7.15 on Friday morning. He made enquiries at Watson’s Farm, Newbiggin, and asked prisoner if he knew anything about it. He replied, “No, I don’t. I know there has been one stolen, and that is all I know about it”. Witness asked him where his lamp was, and he showed witness the lamp produced. Asked where he had got that from, he replied. “I bought it from Mr Charles Wilkinson, cycle dealer, of East Ayton, for 6s, six months ago”. Witness accompanied the prisoner to the cycle shop at East Ayton, and saw Mr Wilkinson. He asked the latter if he had sold the lamp produced to the prisoner within the last six months, or any time. He replied, “No, I don’t deal with that class of lamp”.

Prisoner then said, “It was Mr Wilkinson’s assistant who sold it”. He mentioned the assistant’s name, but on being taken to the assistant, the latter stated that he had never sold prisoner a lamp.

Witness then took Lyon into custody, and conveyed him to the North Riding Police Station at Falsgrave, where he was cautioned and charged with the offence. He replied, “I didn’t steal it, I am sure I didn’t”.

In reply to the magistrates, prisoner said he had nothing to say.

Inspector Robinson said it was the prisoner’s first offence, and he was the son of very respectable parents. He had been in farm service until the last year or two, and was now following other employment.

He had recently been married – only seven weeks ago.

The father of prisoner, in reply to the Bench, said he was willing to be bound for his son’s good behaviour, with him. He added that he was very sorry that his son was in that predicament. He had had no cause whatever to take the lamp. He had a lamp of his own, and there was a lamp of his brother’s which he could have fetched at any time. Why he had given way to temptation he (the father did not know). He had had a good home and a good education. All he (the father) could say was that he was very sorry.