Caught on the hop

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Drawing by David Sawyers, North Laine resident

Press report from November 1841

On 1st November 1841 Brighton magistrates heard the case of four boys aged about 14. All bore the name of Thomas, with surnames May, Dick, Sergeant and Head. They were charged with stealing three tame rabbits from a hutch in front of the house of John Parsons, a cooper living at 6 St James Gardens.

Two of the rabbits were sold for 5s next day by May and Dick to Mr Coppard, the baker, of Kensington Gardens. Both boys were committed for trial at the Sessions.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 56, July/August 1985; and reprinted in No 203, March/April 2010]

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