Charles Nixon, bookmaker's clerk, arrested for false pretences

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When: 20 December 1907

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Name: Charles Nixon
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 20 December 1907
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-119-Charles Nixon

The Shields Daily News for 20 December 1907 reports:


At North Shields Police Court today, Charles Nixon (30), bookmaker's clerk, South Shields, was charged with attempting to obtain 4s by false pretences from a shopkeeper on Thursday. The prosecutor stated that the accused told him that he had been fined £10 and wanted to get his money back. He asked witness for 4s to put on a horse which had won a race that day and stated that he was working for a big firm of bookmakers and would send the money up, as though it had been put on before the race. The winnings would be £50, which he offered to divide with witness. He, however, declined to have anything to do with him.

The accused said he did not see how he could be guilty of false pretences in simply asking for money to put on a horse. He was committed for 7 days".

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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    optimal chicken

    • 05/Jun/2015 17:22:08

    I think he was a con man!

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    • 12/Jun/2015 17:12:55

    Doesn't look as though he was starving and stole a loaf of bread

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    Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

    • 10/Nov/2015 20:47:38 I've added the story behind the mugshot. Looks like you were right about him being a con man.

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    • 10/Nov/2015 21:02:14

    Lol what do we think the odds would have been of the shopkeeper ever seeing his 4s again -- let alone any part of the 50 pounds.

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    optimal chicken

    • 11/Nov/2015 06:47:11 It's the raised eyebrow which gives it away. Even the recording of the photograph seems like a challenge to him!