Police 'gazed in anticipation '

Careless driving

Police ‘gazed in anticipation’

Hertfordshire Mercury, 26th January 1951

How three police officers ” gazed in anticipation at the mouth of Queen’s Road ” after hearing a motor vehicle approaching , was described by Mr T. Anderson Davis, prosecuting , at Hertford Borough Court yesterday (Thursday) .

George Edward Bower , aged 26 , engineer, of 30 Queen’s Road , Hertford, was fined £2 , with a guinea (£1 and1 shilling ; £1.05 ) costs , and had his licence endorsed , after pleading guilty to driving a car without due care and attention.

Mr Davis said that Sergeants Jackson and Knight were standing outside the police station in Queen’s Road , when P.c. Welsh , who was wheeling his bicycle nearby , heard a motor vehicle approaching along Castle Street . By the sound of it he ” anticipated something unusual ” .

Shortly afterwards , a car , driven by defendant , came round from Castle Street at such speed that it went  completely to its offside of the road to within a few inches of the kerb and then pulled sharply back to its nearside .

Mr W.D. Turton , representing Bower , said that defendant came round the corner prepared for any cars that might be parked and probably took the corner wider than he should have done.

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