Simon Sheffield, fireman, arrested for robbery

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When: 06 June 1906

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Name: Simon Sheffield
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 6 June 1906
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-89-Simon Sheffield

The Shields Daily News for 6 June 1906 reports:

"EXTENSIVE ROBBERY AT NORTH SHIELDS. SMART CAPTURE BY THE POLICE.

At North Shields Police Court today, Simon Sheffield (39), a coloured fireman, 60 Borough Road, was charged with having stolen on the 5th inst. from a seamen's boarding house situated at No. 60 Borough Road, £42, a gold watch, two gold alberts, three gold rings, three silver watches, a silver chain and other articles, the property of J. Constantine Vineria.

Chief Constable Huish applied for a remand for eight days. He said the prisoner was arrested by Detective Radcliffe at the Central Railway Station, Newcastle last night. He had a ticket for Cardiff and he was waiting for a train which was almost due. About £13 and some of the watches and alberts had been recovered and he wished for a remand in order to try to get the remainder of the articles and money.

Prisoner said he did not want to be remanded. He admitted taking the watches and alberts and £13 in money but no more. The magistrates granted the Chief Constable's application".

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).

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    Paul Sproat

    • 11/Mar/2015 19:08:08

    A rare sight back then? I'm not sure, especially given how there's a huge port there? Life for those with black skin in those times would have been hard - especially when away from places with others.

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    Billy Embleton

    • 19/Mar/2015 20:13:33

    Same guy Paul? Has to be - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8519464040/in/photolist-eSoCEm-qhas1N-q2SJW3-re7Dk1-qjfnMv-qjo79m-pCoyZc-pZ8q8m-crDnud-bdY66Z-odhZUS-oyAuxQ-bzpSnk-eq6u2F-o7yuR9-dYQtR3-dYQv4A-byz2AR-hnxYEn-eSbTgH]

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    Paul Sproat

    • 20/Mar/2015 15:27:29

    Blimey! Haha no idea how you spotted that one but great detective work Billy!

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    Billy Embleton

    • 20/Mar/2015 16:03:41

    A career criminal. He got around a bit for the time.

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    Paul Sproat

    • 20/Mar/2015 18:28:59

    Aye. 'A baddun' as someone quoted the other day - an ace description.

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    Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

    • 07/Apr/2015 16:07:47

    As you say Paul, the Tyne was a very large port so we don't think it would have been that unusual to see black faces at that time. There are a few in this set! Well-spotted Billy! What was the date of that article?

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    Billy Embleton

    • 07/Apr/2015 17:28:18

    Did not note the exact date, other than 1900. Ill post the report of his arrest this week & link it with T & 'W's photo. It makes for interesting reading. He head butted the policeman!

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    Paul Sproat

    • 08/Apr/2015 09:42:27

    Oh excellent Billy. Looking forward to the reporters write-up on this one. They're so dramatic. :)

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    Billy Embleton

    • 10/Apr/2015 17:41:48

    Sergeant Sproat was in attendance ! [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/16912787418/]

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    Paul Sproat

    • 10/Apr/2015 17:54:28

    Haha I remember reading it now.