Asleep on the job !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 16th January 1916


Alfred Ingram of Netherkidder Farm, Nazeing, was summoned for riding whilst asleep.

PC Reed said that on December 22nd, at 1:40pm, he had been in St Margarets when he had seen the defendant riding his horse, but asleep.  There had been a motor and side car coming from the opposite direction.  The Constable stopped the horse.  When asked if he was denying the fact that he had been asleep, the defendant said “No, but I was just dozing.  I hope you will look over it this time, as I had to pay a quid the other day for the same thing”.

Supt Handley advised the Court that there had been 12 previous convictions against the defendant, mostly for the same kind of offence.

The defendant was given the option of paying a 15 shilling fine or spending 7 days in gaol.

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