Rogues' gallery

Take a step back in time and meet some notorious transport criminals of the past by looking through our rogues' gallery.

Maragaret Leak 

Margaret Leck

Leck was a travelling railway thief from Kendal, Westmorland. On 21 December 1904 she stole a trunk at Edinburgh Waverley station. She was wanted by the North Eastern Railway Police and the London and North Western Railway Police for thefts of luggage.

               

Arthur Dunn

Arthur Dunn
Convicted at Leeds City Police Court on 10 February 1920 charged with theft of dead rabbits from Wellington station. Sentenced to one month imprisonment with hard labour.
 Leslie Hines
Leslie Hines

Hines was a notorious railway thief. He was fined on 12 July 1904 for travelling on the North East Railway without a ticket and on the 28th of the same month was sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour for theft of a bag at King's Cross station.

 William Slater
 William Slater
Slater was from Bradford and on 3 April 1917 stole a Portmanteau from Edinburgh Waverley station. He was sentenced to four months in jail.
 Gordon Marr
 Gordon Marr
Private 11446580 of the 16th Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment (British Expeditionary Force - France), was sentenced to 10 days imprisonment for theft of a box of fish from Edinburgh Waverley station on 22 January 1918.
 Roy Crooks
 Roy Crooks

Private 1935 of the 2nd Battalion Australian Forces stole a suitcase from Edinburgh Waverley station on 18 January 1918 and was fined £7 or 30 days imprisonment.

 Thomas Drummond
 Thomas Drummond
On 7 December 1918 Drummond, an employee of the North British Railway was sentenced to 20 days imprisonment for stealing 12 bottles of whisky from a wagon.
 Margaret McConnell
 Margaret McConnell
While employed at Edinburgh Waverley station, she stole parcels from an office and was fined £5 or 30 days imprisonment.
 Patrick Reilly
Patrick Reilly
Reilly was convicted of cutting ladies skirts with a razor at Edinburgh Waverley station on 28 February 1918. Being insane he was sent to Morningside Asylum.
Maurice Symonds
Maurice Symonds
Symonds appeared at Clerkenwell Magistrates on 19 July 1922 charged with theft of a Gladstone Bag from St Pancras station and sentenced to undergo six months imprisonment with hard labour.
John Calvert
John Calvert
On 11 April 1922 Calvert appeared at Sheffield City Police Court charged with theft of a parcel containing a pair of brass weighing scales from Sheffield station. He received six months imprisonment with hard labour.
 Mitchell Steadman-Turner
Mitchell Steadman-Turner
This domestic servant stole a Japanese basket from the waiting rooms at Waverley station on 6 November 1920 and was sentenced to six months imprisonment.
Jack Graham-Parker
Jack Graham-Parker
This man was Lieutenant in the RAF and was convicted of indecent exposure at Edinburgh station on three days in March 1920. He was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment
 Benjamin Crowd
Benjamin Crowd alias Cowd
Crowd lived at Victoria Mansions in Hull and had 22 previous convictions. On 19 August 1922 he was convicted of stealing a gents watch from the SS Hittery berthed at King George Dock, Hull. He was sentenced to three months hard labour.
 John Moir
John Moir
On 1 April 1920 while employed as a goods checker at Leith Walk Goods Yard he stole a quantity of tea and was fined £3 or 10 days imprisonment.
John Yates
 John Yates alias John Hewitt, Patrick Hines, John Miller and John Roy

He appeared before Leeds City Police Court on 18 March 1921 charged with theft of a parcel of clothing. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour.

             James Wilton                                                     Duncan Paton         
 James Wilton
alias Charles Wharton
On 2 June 1887 Wilton was convicted of theft of a bag at Paddington station and was sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour.
 Duncan Paton
Paton was an ex-soldier and a native of Edinburgh and a heavy drinker. On 15 January 1906, he was convicted of theft of a bag at Edinburgh Waverley station and received six months imprisonment.
 William Klingender  Thomas Woods
William Klingender
On 28 May 1887 Klingender received six months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a bag at Manchester Victoria station. He admitted to also being convicted at Birmingham.
Thomas Woods
A butcher by trade, Woods was a notorious ‘card sharper’. On 3 September 1917 he stole £4 by card sharping on a North British Railway train contrary to the Prevention of Gaming (Scotland) Act 1869. He received 60 days imprisonment.
 Patrick Woods  George Harbottle
Patrick Woods
A miner, Woods was convicted of card sharping with his brother, Thomas, on September 1917 and also sentenced to 60 days.
George Harbottle alias Griffiths, McGregor, Crane, Adema, Priest, Perry, Hastings and Beadle

A known pickpocket, he was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour for loitering at Bolton station on 4 March 1923.

 Adenan Zacarianoer  Helen Nicholson
Adenan Zacarianoer
Zacarianoer, a native of Java, was convicted of theft of three pairs of ladies shoes from a train between Polmont and Haymarket Stations on 25 November 1922. He was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment then deported.
Helen Nicholson
Nicholson was a 43-year-old charwoman with several previous convictions. On 28 February 1903 she received six months imprisonment for theft of a parcel from the ladies waiting room at Edinburgh Waverley station.
 Edward Meitchie Robert Lewis
Edward Meitchie
A gardener from London, Meitchie was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour for loitering at Derby station on 22 August 1922.
Robert Lewis

Sentenced to one month with hard labour at Bristol Magistrates for theft of a registered postal packet (has five previous convictions for theft of coal from the railway).

 Edward Lewis  David James
Edward Lewis
alias Emlyn Lewis
In 1943 he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at Newport Magistrates for theft of luggage.
David James
In 1936 James was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment with hard labour at Taunton Borough Magistrates for Travel Fraud.
 Frederick Amey  Solomon Cohen
Frederick Amey
In 1942 Amey was sentenced to three months imprisonment at Marylebone Magistrates for Travel Fraud. He had previous convictions for larceny and assault on police.
Solomon Cohen
alias John Harris, Charles Cowan and Sidney Tolly
In 1939 Cohen was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Cardiff Magistrates for pickpocketing.