Thomas Pearson, arrested for thefts from back yards

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When: 15 November 1907

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Name: Thomas Pearson
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 15 November 1907
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-117-Thomas Pearson

An image of his accomplice Stephen Fitzgibbon is also available

The Shields Daily News for 16 November 1907 reports:


At the North Shields Police Court this morning - before Lieut.-Colonel F.R.N. Haswell, Coun. G. Addison and Mr G.H. Stansfield - Stephen Fitzgibbon (17) of 15 Bird Street; Thomas Pearson (16) and Charles Pearson (19), also of Bird Street, were brought up in custody charged with various thefts. Fitzgibbon and Thomas Pearson were charged with larceny from back yards, being called upon to answer three cases, while Fitzgibbon and Charles Pearson were charged with three thefts from offices on the North Shields Fish Quay.

Evidence having been given in support of all the cases, the defendants were formally charged. They admitted the thefts and had no excuse to offer.

Chief Constable Huish told the magistrates that other charges could have been preferred against the accused. Altogether there had been eleven offices broken into on the quay.

They were each committed to prison for 14 days in each case, which means Fitzgibbon will receive three months’ hard labour and the two Pearsons 6 weeks each.

Chief Constable Huish mentioned that the elder Pearson was in the habit of carrying about with him loaded firearms. A six-chambered revolver had been recovered from his house.”

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

    • 27/Feb/2016 08:29:40

    He has a childish innocent face but no - I wouldn't trust him! I'm aware these are from the sessions of the courts at North Shields but they're showing a huge concentration of criminality around the Quayside there and several lodgings in the town. Saying that - North Shields back then may have looked a lot different to what we see today and I'd bet it had few other places that made the town. (off to check old maps now..)

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    optimal chicken

    • 27/Feb/2016 08:31:57

    Edit; Aside from the Meadowell Estate, Percy Main and Preston, the town has changed very little.

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    • 05/Mar/2016 09:28:03

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