A youth who threw a stone that killed another boy was cleared after the deceased's father declined to prosecute.
Herbert Corrie, the eleven year old son of broker William Corrie was playing cricket with some friends near York Terrace in Everton on a Sunday towards the end of July 1853. Some other boys unknown to them appeared and a dispute arose, leading to both sides throwing stones.
Herbert was struck just beneath the ear and died from an injury to the brain. A boy named George Langhorn was arrested and charged with manslaughter, appearing at the police court on 9th August. He was described as a 'respectably dressed lad' and with Mr Corrie not wanting to prosecute no evidence was offered and the case dismissed.