Victorian Mugshots Reveal Street Urchins As Young As Ten Jailed For Crimes Like Stealing Pork Joint For Christmas Dinner

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THESE are the mugshots of real life Oliver Twists, who were whipped and jailed as young as TEN for petty crimes such as stealing pork for a Christmas dinner.

The black-and-white photographs of Victorian child offenders, which originate from Wandsworth Prison, London, were taken from December 1872 to January 1873 when the concept of photography was still relatively new.

News Dog Media Thomas Thompson, 14, was given 21 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing one shilling in January, 1873

Most of these child criminals were arrested or brutally punished for stealing small items that would barely warrant a police caution today.

The striking images reveal two boys – George Davey, ten,  and William Jowers, 12 – who were convicted of stealing two live tame rabbits.

Also pictured is baby-faced James Leadbetter, 11, who was WHIPPED and given four days hard labour for stealing celery.

Other poignant shots show fourteen-year-old Thomas Goodstone who was given fourteen days hard labour for stealing 7lbs of pork over the Christmas period.

News Dog Media Thomas Savage, 11, was given 4 days hard labour and 10 strokes of a birch cane at Wandsworth Prison for stealing some iron, in December 1872

News Dog Media George Davis, 14, was whipped and given three days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing a pile of books in January, 1873

News Dog Media Thomas Goodstone, 14, was given 14 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing 7lbs of pork over the Christmas period in 1872

Meanwhile Thomas Savage, 11, was given 4 days hard labour and ten strokes of a birch cane for stealing some iron. In the UK, birching was a judicial penalty until 1948.

The 145-year-old photo collection also includes a mugshot of fifteen-year-old Joseph Oxford who was nicked for stealing a blanket on a cold January day – and fourteen-year-old Tammy Puplett who was put behind bars for ten days for stealing a bottle of gin.

In the 1800s, children were often imprisoned for minor offences and no distinction was made between criminals of any age, which meant young children were often sent to adult prisons like Oxford Castle Prison.

There are even records of a child aged twelve being hanged for petty theft and murder in 1829.

News Dog Media George Davis, 14, was whipped and given three days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing a pile of books in January, 1873

News Dog Media Samuel Warner, 14, was given 21 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing three cups in January, 1873

News Dog Media William Simmer, 14, was given ten day hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing two bottles of lemonade in January, 1873

News Dog Media Charles Evans, 14, was whipped and given three days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing a pile of books in January, 1873

News Dog Media Joseph Charmon, 12, was given 21 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing a tame fowl, in December 1872

News Dog Media John Webb, 13, was given 21 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing four loaves of bread and a pot of jam, in December 1872

News Dog Media Samuel Stilley, 14, was given one months hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing two shillings and six pence in December 1872

The Victorians were very worried about crime and following the development of the camera, police realised they could use the new technology to capture images of repeat offenders.

Just as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) work today, officers released the photos to warn the public when the criminal was to be released from prison.

It was not until the 1908 Children’s Act that changes were made to the way child offenders were punished.

Juvenile courts were introduced and children could no longer be placed in adult prisons or executed for capital crimes – however minors could still be whipped.

News Dog Media John Morelle, 12, was given 21 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing a drinking glass January, 1873

News Dog Media John Connoer, 15, was given one months hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing in January, 1873

News Dog Media Eli Granger, 14, was whipped and given six months hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for attempting to commit identity fraud, January, 1873

News Dog Media George Whelan, 12, was given one months hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing 1 lbs of beef, December 1872

News Dog Media James Sherwood, 14, was given ten days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing a whip in January, 1873

News Dog Media Thomas Morris, 14, was given 21 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for one lbs of coal in January, 1873

News Dog Media John Garmin, 15, was given 21 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing a blanket, January 1873

News Dog Media John Ryan, 13, was given 10 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing metal pipes worth 5 shillings, in December 1872

News Dog Media Charles Summerley, 13, was given 10 days hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing metal pipes worth 5 shillings, in December 1872

News Dog Media Tammy Puplett, 14, was given three months hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing 12 shilling and 9 pense, half a bottle of Gin and three shirt studs in January, 1873

News Dog Media Samuel Stilley, 14, was given one months hard labour at Wandsworth Prison for stealing two shillings and six pence in December 1872 Snappy crime

A mug shot is a photographic portrait of a person from the waist up, typically taken after a person is arrested.

The earliest photos taken for use by law enforcement may have been taken in Belgium in 1843 and 1844 – but in the United Kingdom, police in Liverpool and Birmingham were photographing criminals by 1848.

The man photographed for Britain’s first recorded mugshot was thief Isaac Ellery who was convicted in March 1853 and banished to Australia for stealing cushions.

In America, mug shots have often been incorporated into wanted posters, including those for the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

There have been many famous mugshots throughout history, with the mugshot of ‘Hot Felon’ Jeremy Meeks even launching his modelling career after he was convicted of theft and possession of a firearm in 2014.

 

Famous celeb mugshots include Lindsay Lohan, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Justin Bieber, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.

Other infamous mugshots include Charles Manson, who was arrested in 1969 for the murder Sharon Tate and four others, Martin Luther King Jr., who was arrested in 1956 for directing boycotts of segregated buses and  O.J. Simpson who was arrested in 1994 for the murder of his former wife and a friend of hers.

 

And other century-old mugshots  show that Edwardian criminals really dressed their best for the police.

Custody pictures – which include ladies in their best dresses and a man in a monocle – were taken over 100 years ago in Birmingham in the early 20th century.

SWNS:South West News Service Criminals really made an effort for the black-and-white mugshots




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