A Brick Lane Shop Owner Gives A Description of the Gang
“My corner is a very convenient corner for them, because they can see four ways.
They throw out scouts in every direction, and they use dumb motions, they do not
talk to each other. When they steal goods they get small boys to take the parcels
away, and they take them in different directions. It is very difficult for us
tradesmen to carry on our business. Brick Lane has got a very bad name, and it
is the men of Harding’s class that give the neighbourhood a bad name”.
Mr Southey in The Times newspaper, speaking in court on the 6 December 1906 during
a case where Arthur was falsely accused of attacking a policeman.