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LEDBURY POLICE. I

Children's Court.

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Children's Court. Herbert Hopkins (9) and James Davis (9), both of Nowto.vn, Yarkhill, were charged with stealing two motor-car head lamps, one generator, one watch, one jack, one leather glove, and one tumbler glass, from a motor-car, and the property of the Rev E W Randle, the new vicar of Stretton Grandison. The father of the boy Divis elected for the case to be tried now, but Hopkins's father elected for his son to be tried before a jury. P.C. Matthews stated that on March 28 he went to Whitwick Manor, Yarkhill, in con- sequence of certain information. He saw the boy Davis in the presence of his father. Wit- Bess cautioned the boy, who made a voluntary statement. In conseqnence of that statement witness went to Stretton Grandison and saw the boy Hopkins, who was with his father. Witness told him that he had made inquiries as to certain articles being stolen from a motor-car at Whitwick Manor, and that he suspected the lad of taking the things. Witness then took the lad Hopkins, who was accompanied by his father, to Newtown, Yarkhill, to Davis, who also was with his father. Witness cautioned them in the usual manner, and afterwards read the statement made by James Davis. The statement, which witness wrote at the time, was as follows On Wednesday last (March 25th) I came home from school with Herbert Hopkins. When by Whitwick Manor I was in the front meadow when I saw Herbert Hopkins go to a motor-car, which was in the next field, and take a lamp off the motor and a glass out of the car, and a glove. He put the glass in his pocket and put the glove on his hand, and after- wards put it in his pocket. He put the lamp in his school bag. He then came on to the road and caught me up. He said he had got some- thing from the car aud showed them to me. They were the same things that I saw him take. He walked down the road with me a bit and got ever into the coppice and went in the direction of his home across the fields." After that, continued witness, when charged Herbert Hopkins said I did not take them. Jim Davis took them, and hid them at the bottom of the orchard by my home." James Davies then said, "You are telling lies of me, Herbert. You had them." Witness went to the gorse and searched for the stolen property but did not find it. When searching the gorse Herbert Hopkins said that he was on the road when James Davis got the stuff off the motor car, and gave it to him, and that they abared the stuff, Herbert Hopkins had the two lamps and the motor watch and the glove, and he (Davis) had the motor jack and some spanners. Witness brought both boys to Led. bury, where they were released on their own recognisances. When at Ledbury Herbert Hopkins said that he had all the stuff and took it home and gave it to his mother. She took it upstairs aad he had not seen it since. Witness returned to Newtown, Yarkhill, and searched for the stolen property, but failed to find it. He went to the house and made inquiries, but the mother denied any knowledge of the articles, although the boy said in witness's presence that he gave them to his mother. The car was broken down at the time and was left in a field by the side of the road at Whitwick Manor. Witness had continued to search for the stuff since, but had failed to find it. Supt Williams said that upon that evidence he would ask for a remand till the next court. The articles were valued at £7 and he thought they ought to be discovered. The father of Davis was asked if he had any objection to the remaad and he replied that he had not. Hopkins further said he had nothing to say. The Chairman said The boys will be remanded for a fortnight. In the meantime the Bench think it would be in the interests of the parents to assist in finding the articles.

LOCAL LAW SUIT.

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