South Yorkshire Times March 30, 1928
Pilfered from the Pedlar
John T Hemsworth Stevenson, a Highgate miner was charged at Doncaster on Tuesday with having stolen a suit length, valued at 10/6 from John Bennett, Doncaster, a pedlar.
Bennett stated that on March 24 he went to the Buxton Arms, Goldthorpe, offering several suit lengths for sale.
Stevenson asked witness to let him have a look at one, backed to the door and disappeared.
Stevenson said that Bennett went into the hotel and said: “I cannot sell these and so I am going to give them away,” and put a length on Stevenson’s arm.
There were 31 previous convictions against Stevenson.
Stevenson said the convictions were the result of drink.
The Chairman (Mr F Ogley) said it was a shocking record, and Stevenson would have to go to prison for six months.