July 19, 1937
A former Liverpool F.C. footballer, Dick Forshaw (42), who was stated to have been in prison almost continuously for the past five years, was again sentenced for theft at Clerkenwell, London.
Two hours after he had been released at the expiry of his previous sentence, the police said, Forshaw stole two suitcases. Forshaw pleaded guilty to four thefts of suitcases and their content from railway stations, after he had been convicted of a theft from a hotel. He was sentenced to six months’ hard labour.
Forshaw had pleaded not guilty to the original charge of stealing from Edwards’ Hotel, Euston, silver-ware (including two presentation cup to the value of £20, belonging to the proprietrix. He put the articles into a suitcase, which he deposited in the let luggage office at Euston Station.
He told the magistrate (Mr. Brodrick) that he had been drinking heavily at the time, and that he was intending to return the property when he was arrested. He admitted stealing two suitcases from Euston Station on July 3 containing property valued respectively at £56 and £45, a suitcase from King’s Cross Station on July 4 containing property valued at £22, and a suitcase from Victoria Station on July 6 containing articles valued at £10.
Detective-Sergeant Clark, said that Forshaw was born in Lancashire in 1893. His first conviction was at Liverpool in 1932, when he was sentenced to twelve months for fraudulent conversion of £100. In 1933 he was sentenced at London Sessions to seventeen months for larceny from a hotel, and in 1935, at the Old Baily, to eighteen months for four cases of larceny.
Last September he was sent to the prison for twelve months at North London for stealing from a hotel. Sergeant Clark stated that Forshaw was married, with three children. Forshaw said that when he was first convicted it was because he had lost the £100 on gambling.
Warning him that he was likely to be sentenced to penal servitude on the next occasion, Mr. Brodrick said: “I want you to take warning from this. Can’t you pull yourself up before it is too late?”
Forshaw – “That’s what I want to do.
(Source: Evening Telegraph: July 19, 1937)