Herts. County Council instructor fined

Hertfordshire Mercury, 6th November 1915


John A. Littlewood, an instructor in woodwork under the Herts. County Council, of The Views, Stansted, was summoned at Harlow Bench on Saturday for having a light on a motor-bicycle of greater brilliancy than was necessary on the night of October 16.  A Police Constable stated he saw a motor-cycle approach, the lamp of which threw a beam of light 50 yards in front.  He stopped the defendant, who produced a document showing he was engaged on munition work, but the witness told him that did not affect the light question.  The defendant said he was an instructor under the Herts. County Council, and he had been asked in his spare time to work as a fitter on munitions at a factory in the neighbourhood.  He went there on Saturdays and Sundays, and in some places his light was passed by the police, but he was stopped at Harlow.  The Chairman, Mr Joseph Todhunter, said the light was too strong, and he would be fined 10 shillings.  The defendant: ‘I have to use a motor-cycle to get to my munition work.  The police in different places have a different idea, but if I am to be fined at Harlow I had better stay at home on Saturdays like other people’.  The Chairman: ‘I have given the decision of the Bench’.

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