Isle of Wight Observer March 7, 1868

The Stone Throwing Nuisance

RYDE PETTY SESSIONS
TUESDAY – Before R G Duff, esq. (chairman), T T Fowke, esq., and – Harvey, esq.
Glynn Perkis, Thos Hookey, and Frederick Douglas were summoned for throwing stones in Melville-street. PC Smith said that on the 24th of February, about half-past 10 in the morning, he was on duty in Cross-street, when he saw the three defendants throwing stones in Melville-street. He saw each of them throw and went toward them, when Perkis and Hookey ran away. Douglas, on being questioned, said he did not know the names of the other boys. He had a stone in his hand at that time. They were throwing at a German band. – Douglas said he had no stone when the policeman came up, and both the other defendants denied having thrown stones, but said they were catching potatoes with each other. – The Bench cautioned the defendants on the danger of such proceedings, and inflicted a fine of 6d each, and costs, or seven days’ imprisonment. Perkis paid. Hookey was allowed a week, and Douglas, who laughed considerably at the decision, was ordered to be locked up unless the money was forthcoming.

These boys were all around 11 or 12 at this time. From the census records, Glynn Perkis followed his father’s profession and became a baker and confectioner, in Ryde, and subsequently an electrical fitter in Portsmouth, Thomas Hookey a painter in Lymington and Frederick Douglas a photographer in Southampton.

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