Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2023), May 1835, trial of JOHN COSGROVE (t18350511-1152).

JOHN COSGROVE, Theft > pocketpicking, 11th May 1835.

1152. JOHN COSGROVE was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of April, 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods-of William Park, from his person.

WILLIAM PARK . I live in Liverpool-street, Broad-street, and am a clerk in a mercantile house. I was walking in Gower-street, about six or seven o'clock on the evening of the 11th of April—I felt somebody tug-ging at my pocket, and on turning round, found my handkerchief had been taken, and was in the prisoner's hand—I pursued, he ran down Keppel-street, I ran after him; I took the handkerchief out of his hand before I pursued him—I was alone—it was day-light—lam sure he it the man, and this is the handkerchief—I had never lost sight of him.

RICHARD CLARKE (police-constable E 88.) I saw the prisoner running in Keppel-street, and the prosecutor after him, calling out, "stop thief"—I took him into custody.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me running? A. Yes, but you stopped I when you saw me.

GUILTY. Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor. — Confined Three Months.