Riding asleep at Much Hadham

Hertfordshire Mercury, 15th May 1915


At Much Hadham Petty Sessions, William Gunn (36), labourer, of Little Hadham, was summoned for riding asleep on the 30th ult..  The defendant did not appear and P.C. Gooch proved service of the summons.  P.S. Lee said on Friday, the 30th ult., at 1.50 a.m., he was on duty in the High Street, Much Hadham, and saw a horse attached to a hay cart standing in front of Victoria Terrace on the wrong side of the road.  The witness got up and looked in the cart, and found the defendant lying there covered with sacks and fast asleep.  The witness shouted, but no notice was taken.  He then took hold of the horse’s head, and the defendant shouted out ‘gee up’, and afterwards said ‘What’s the matter, guv’nor?’.

The witness told the defendant he had been asleep and had no light on his cart.  The defendant then lit his lamp and proceeded to Little Hadham.  The horse and empty cart belonged to Mr Glasscock, of Little Hadham.  The defendant, against whom there were two previous convictions, was fined 5s.

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