At Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday Frank Brand (43), of the ‘Lamb and Flag’ public-house, Colliers End, was summoned for keeping a two-wheeled carriage without a licence. He did not appear, but sent a letter to the Bench.
Supt Handley said the defendant had since taken out a licence. P.C Payne said that on August 10, he saw the defendant driving a two-wheeled trap towards Ware. He also saw him driving the same trap on two subsequent dates. Supt Handley said he saw the defendant on August 18, and informed him that he was using a trap without a licence. The defendant said he only used it for trade purposes, but the witness informed him that he had seen him driving with his wife and family and other persons. The defendant then said he would take out a licence, and took one out two days later.
This case was reported to the Licensing Committee of the county who gave instructions to prosecute. A similar offence was reported to the committee on September 29, 1911, and no action was taken; and again on September 30, 1912, with the result a compromise fine of 5 shillings was paid. On September 29, 1913 for a similar offence, a compromise fine of 5 shillings was not paid, and at the Ware Bench on November 23, 1913, he was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, 6s. 6d.. The defendant was now fined £5.