The chip shop challenge !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th April 1914

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At Hertford Borough Sessions, Henry Harvey, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing 2 blouses and 1 pair of pants, of the value of 7 shillings, from All Saints Vicarage on 21st April.  Ellen Gleed, employed as a domestic servant at the vicarage, said that the stolen things were hers, and that they had been hanging on a line in the yard, near the back door.

Police Constable Gatehouse said that he had seen the prisoner trying to dispose of the goods in a fish shop in Railway Street and, when challenged, the prisoner had said that he had exchanged them for some flowers with a woman at Bengeo.

P.C. Gatehouse took the prisoner into custody and, on investigation, discovered that the goods had been stolen from All Saints Vicarage.

The prisoner said that he had been in drink at the time.

The Magistrates sentenced him to 14 days’ hard labour.  They also complimented P.C. Gatehouse on his smartness in observing the prisoner.

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