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Cumberland Place, 1941

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25 February 1943
George Isaac Abrahams, aged 79. George was a firewatcher at Insurance Offices in Cumberland Place when he surprised 17 year-old Cyril Charles Lakeland attempting a burglary. Cyril hit him over the head with a bayonet he had taken “to open the drawer if it was locked.” (Liverpool Daily Post 5 March 1943) George died in hospital of his injuries. Cyril was charged with his murder, and the case was held at the Old Bailey 1-2 April 1943. As Cyril was under 18 at the time of the offense, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.


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