Year’s Exile from Movies Court Order for Boy Who Emulated Actors

Cheap moving pictures and sensational books were two reasons for the downfall of a Jewish lad of 11, who appeared in Manchester Juvenile Court yesterday and was charged with setting fire to a sewing machine shop.

The boy admitted he got the idea of setting fire to the shop through reading a story in a two-penny booklet. He also admitted that in the story the offender went to jail. A policeman told the Magistrate that the boy had been influenced by attending the cinema too often.

The magistrate ordered the boy to be bound over on probation for two years and directed that for the first year of that time he should not attend a cinema performance.

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