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Juvenile Offenders. — a — I BATCH OF BOYS IN TROUBLE. Desmond Pound, Brynallt terrace, and Harry Emlyn James, 8, Glanmor road, were charged at the Juvenile Police Court on Thursday with stealing a bicycle pedal value 2d., the property of the Llan- elly Harbour Trust. P.C. 108 stated that he saw the defend- ants in a truck at the North Dock, which contained scrap iron. He saw the de- fendant Pound hand his companion ai bicycle pedal. The defendants when they saw him ran away. The father of the defendant Pound said he was s-orry that his boy was brought to Court. "My boy informs me that them are boys running about the dock with German helmets. Why are these boys not charged ? Supt. Jones: If you will give-us their names we shall have great pleasure in bringing them here. The defendants were dismissed with a caution. I- THEFT OF RODS. Maurice Pope, 11, Vittoria street, was charged with 'stelirlg two steel rods, value 6d., the property of the Llanelly Harbour Trust. A constable stated that he saw the de- fendant running away from a scrap-heap at the North Dock with two stcel rods hidden under his coat. The Harbour Superintendent (Mr. Winterbottom) stated that he heard the boy say when he was caught that he was taking them home to repair a mangle. The father of the defendant stated that the boy did not intend stealing them. The Deputy Clerk (Mr. Walton) The boy is old enough to know that taking away other people's property is stealing. The defendant was ordered to pay costs. I DAMAGING TREES. Frederick Samuel, 9, Spring Gardens, Jack Lewis, 12, Spring Gardens, David Hopkins, 7, King's Square, and Ivor Morgan and Emrys Morgan, King's, Square, were charged with committing, wilful damage to a tree to the extent of 6d., the property of Mr. Mansel Lewis. P.S. Tom Davies stated that on Sunday last, accompanied by the farm bailiff of the Stradey Estate he saw the defendants cutting branches from a tree. When they saw him they all ran away. The mother of one of the defendants stated that she had six children to keep, her husband having gone away with an- other woman. She had kept the home going daring the time her husband was away in the Army, and when he was de- mobilized he left her. The father of the defendant Samuel said it was a shame that little boys should be charged with committing damage to the extent of 6d. He had been around the district and haS seen young lovers that were "courting" cut- ting if much flowers as they wished, and nobody interefered. The case was dismissed. NO REAR LIGHT. Harold Williams, 3, Richard street, was charged with driving a wagganette in Station road without a rear light. Defendant pleaded not guilty and stated that the rear lamp was lit in New Dock road, but when the constable called his attention to it, it had gone out. Supt. Jones: How do you account for the lamp going out then ? Defendant: I think a "jerk" of the waggon put it out. < Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. THEFT OF COAL. Wm. Henry Griffiths, Globe row, was charged with stealing a quantity of coal from the South Whales Works, value 4d. A constable .stated that on the 30th ult. he saw the defendant packing coaT near the furnaces at the South Wales Works, which he placed in a sack and carried away. When he saw him he (the defend- ant) ran away. I The mother of the defendant stated nhe did rot send him for the coal. She had a family of ten, one of the boys was working, but her husband was out of work. A number of previous convictions ngainst defendant for larceny were re- ported. A fine of 5s. was imposed. I GIVING HIM A "HOnK" I Albert James, 5, Globe row, was charged with committing wilful damnge to an electric switch to the extent of 3s., the property of Messrs. Richard Thomas and Co. Defendant stated that he went to switch the light on and while doing so some other boys had connected a cable to the switch so that he should have a "shock." He denied that the damage done was committed wilfully. Supt. Jones reported previous convic- tions against the defendant, and stated he was a. very wicked boy. Presiding Magistrate (Mr. R. Guest) Your past record is a very bad one and you will have to pay a fine of 10s. and costs. Another youth named Haydon Rees, 22, Well field terrace, was also charged with damaging an electric lamp at the South Wales Works, and was fined 5s. and costs.

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