Charges against a yeoman

Hertfordshire Mercury, 27th February 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions William Sharp, of the Essex Yeomanry, stationed at Huntingdon, was summoned (1) for riding a motor-cycle without a licence, (2) for having no identification plate on the cycle and, (3) for riding the machine without a light, at Hoddesdon on January 23, 1915.  The defendant did not appear.

P.c. Hewett said that on January 23 he was on duty in Amwell Street, Hoddesdon, when he saw a motor-cycle proceeding in the direction of London without a light.  He stopped the rider, who told him he had run out of carbide.  Asked for his licence, he said he had not got one.  The witness also noticed that he had no identification plate on the cycle.

The defendant said he was despatch carrying, and gave his name as H.T. Siddons, Pte., No. 1166, Suffolk Regiment, stationed at Wickham Market.  The Clerk: ‘How do you know the man summoned in the name of Sharp is the same man?’.  Supt Handley: ‘I shall have to produce an officer from Huntingdon’.  The case was adjourned for a fortnight for police inquiries.

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