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Evening News, London, 2 April 1947
Birch for boy of 13
Broke Into Churches
A 13-year-old boy is to receive four strokes of the birch under an order made to-day at Margate Juvenile Court. Use of the birch has not been made at Margate for about 20 years. The boy pleaded guilty to breaking into three churches, stealing from an offertory box and breaking into a house.
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The Times, London, 17 April 1947, p.2
Birch for robbers
For robbery with arms at Brixton three of a gang of four men
were at the Central Criminal Court yesterday ordered to be
birched. PETER JOHNSON, a coloured seaman, of Trent Road,
Brixton, was sentenced to 11 months' imprisonment and 15 strokes
of the birch; ALFRED WILLIAM KNIGHT, 20, soldier, of Trematon
House, Kennington, nine months and 12 strokes; his brother, CYRIL
JOHN KNIGHT, 24, fitter, of Myatt Road, Brixton, stated to be
unfit for corporal punishment, to 18 months; and RONALD BELL, 17,
toolmaker, also of Brixton, to Borstal and 12 strokes.
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Evening News, London, 17 April 1947
'Savage Attack' On Police Matron
Labourer who Robbed her 'Deserved Birch'
FOR robbing with violence Mrs. Caroline Ellmer, a police matron, as she was walking along a lonely path known as Lovers'-lane, Finchley, Joseph Henry Stacy, aged 22, labourer, was at the Old Bailey to-day sent to prison for two years.
He was found guilty of what the Recorder (Sir Gerald Dodson) described as a "savage attack upon an unsuspecting woman." He added: "If you were fit for the birch, I should not hesitate to order you to be birched."
Evidence was given that Mrs. Ellmer, who lives at Nether Court-avenue, West Finchley, was on her way home from a cinema when she was hit on the head and seriously injured. She was unable to identify her assailant. Stacy was found to have her handbag.
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