Lady's strange conduct

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th August 1915

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At Stevenage Petty Sessions, Sarah Ann Chalkley (62), of independent means, living at 12 Orchard Road, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Stevenage on August 14.  She pleaded guilty, and asked to be let off by paying as she wanted to go home.  The evidence showed that the defendant went to the house of a Mrs Elliott and demanded food.  When refused she became abusive and threatened to assault Mrs Elliott, who was compelled to send for the police.  When conveyed to the police station she was again disorderly and assaulted Mrs Bowyer whilst being searched.  Addressing the Bench, the defendant said she was willing to pay what they charged if it was in reason.  As it was her first offence the chairman said they would be lenient and fine her only £1.`

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