12:28PM, Thursday 23 January 2014
Thieves who raided a workshop in Windsor more than 100 years ago underwent a 'retrial' on Wednesday.
It was all part of the Royal Borough's Court in the Act education programme.
Pupils from Langley Academy in Langley Road, Langley, retried the miscreants at the Guildhall in Windsor - the venue of the original trial.
The 30 pupils split into three teams, which were themselves divided into two groups each 'prosecuting' and 'defending'.
The Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr John Lenton and Deputy Mayoress Cllr Margaret Lenton officiated.
At the end the pupils voted to acquit two of the three accused thieves and convict a third.
The originals did not come off so well back in the 1890s.
Royal Borough education officer Alice Le Page said: "They were only between nine and 11 and were charged with stealing from a workshop under the railway arches.
"They were all found guilty and sentenced to be birched."
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.