Thomas Craigie, labourer, arrested for breaking into a house

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When: 02 November 1905

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Name: Thomas Craigie
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 2 November 1905
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-79-Thomas Craigie

For an image of his accomplice Edwin Frankland see

The Shields Daily News for 9 November 1905 reports:


Edwin F. Frankland (17), steamboatman, 41 Elsdon Street and Thomas Craigie (18), labourer, Bull Ring Stairs, were charged with being found on enclosed premises for an unlawful purpose on the 1st inst.

Miss Sarah Hall, a general dealer, residing and carrying on business in the Bull Ring, deposed to locking up her premises at 11.15 pm on the 31st ult. and being awakened by her sister at six o’clock the following morning and finding that the house had been entered.

Jane Hall, a sister of the prosecutrix, said that she awakened and saw Frankland standing in the door with a candle in his hand. She asked him what he wanted and he made no reply.

Sergeant Hall said that he apprehended Frankland at his house in Elsdon Street. In reply to the charge he said “Craigie forced open the shutters, drew the bolt, went inside and I followed. I struck a match and someone shouted out.” He apprehended Craigie in his mother’s house and he made no reply to the charge. The magistrates took a lenient view of the case, although the defendants pleaded guilty and dismissed the charge against them.”

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).

This set contains mugshots of boys and girls under the age of 21. This reflects the fact that until 1970 that was the legal age of majority in the UK.

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    optimal chicken

    • 11/Feb/2016 09:12:24

    A baby face - I thought he was much younger than 18!

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    • 11/Feb/2016 14:03:15

    You scheme and plan, and then you get up the courage to do it and then you're caught in the act. What were you thinking?