From Flickr: “Christopher J Morton” by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

April 30, 2015 Uncategorized

Name: Christopher J. Morton
Arrested for: Larceny
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 27 February 1905
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-65-Christopher J Morton

The exact circumstances of this case are not currently known but Morton seems to have been involved in a number of other thefts, including the following one reported in the Shields Daily Gazette for 6 June 1905:


At North Shields Christopher Morton (27), Willington Quay, and James Murray (25), no fixed abode, were charged with stealing a rule value 12s 6d, the property of HM Customs, on May 26th.

Samuel K. Arrowsmith, timber measurer for the Customs, deposed to missing the rule from a crane at Albert Edward Dock, and Inspector Thornton said he received the prisoners into custody from the Durham County Police.

In reply to the charge Morton admitted stealing the rule. He said they pledged it because they were hungry, and added that he gave Murray part of the money. Murray said he did not know it was stolen. Morton, who made his ninth appearance, was committed for three months and Murray for 14 days, with hard labour in both cases".

For an image of Morton’s accomplice, James Murray see

These images are a selection from an album of photographs of prisoners brought before the North Shields Police Court between 1902 and 1916 in the collection of Tyne & Wear Archives (TWA ref DX1388/1).

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