I admit I don't pay too much attention to these minor offences, because if we were honest with one another, we would all probably be fined today for swearing. I believe minor offences do not really define a character or who the person was, unless of course there are many repeated offences.
I came across an article today in the Northwich Guardian November 16, 1904 where a young lad was caught and charged for stealing. Again I would not normally post this; one because he was young, two because it was a minor offence and three he may not have actually have done the stealing!
I am going to post this because of what the magistrate deemed the punishment should be.