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Title : William Lavery

Description : Name: William Lavery Arrested for: Larceny Arrested at: North Shields Police Station Arrested on: 15 December 1904 Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-61-William Lavery The Shields Daily Gazette for 15 December 1904 reports that: "At North Shields Wm Lavery (22), labourer Low Lights, was charged with stealing a quantity of haddock value 4s 6d, the property of Wm Purdy from a stand on the Fish Quay on the 14th inst. A boy employed on one of the fishing boats deposed that he saw the defendant hoist a basket of haddocks from the steam trawler Wild Rose and carry it away. PC Spindler said he arrested the accused behind Clifford's Fort and he found the stolen haddocks in a gutting shed. The accused who pleaded guilty and said he gave himself up to police was fined 10s and costs". William Lavery also appeared before the magistrates in the following year. The Shields Daily News for 1 September 1905 reported: "John Anderson, Edward Tabener, Ernest Schultz, William Lavery, William Stott and William Small were summoned for playing at pitch and toss at the Low Lights and were each fined 5s and costs, with the exception of Anderson, who, having only made his 2nd appearance was fined 2s 6d and costs. William Lavery, Ernest Schultz, Edward Tabener, John James Hall, William Brown, Frederick Mudd, Frederick Scrafton, Samuel Noble and Andrew Thewlis were summoned for a like offence, all being fined 5s and costs, with the exception of Scrafton and Noble who were discharged". He also appears to have gone AWOL during the First World War. The Shields Daily Gazette for 11 December 1914 reports: "When Wm. Lavery (35), soldier, Low Lights, was charged at North Shields today with being an absentee from the 14th Northumberland Fusiliers stationed at Aylesbury on Dec. 7th. Detective Mason said the defendant had travelled from Aylesbury under the seat of a railway carriage to North Shields. He had no permission to have leave. Defendant was remanded until tomorrow to await an escort". 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). (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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Subject : victorian

Subject : edwardian

Subject : criminals

Subject : villains

Subject : prisoners

Subject : jail

Subject : larceny

Subject : crime

Subject : punishment

Subject : theft

Subject : fish

Subject : mugshot

Subject : cap

Subject : scarf

Subject : fishing

Subject : awol

Subject : northumberlandfusiliers

Subject : firstworldwar

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