Too fast !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 16th May 1914


At Hertford Borough Sessions, Alfred Harold Brendon, of 160 Queens Road, London W., pleaded not guilty to driving a motor-cycle at a speed dangerous to the public on 26th April.

P.C. Crisford said that he had seen the defendant pass down Fore Street into Market Place at a speed of between 18 and 20 mph.  He had had a lady sitting on the back of the cycle.  He had stopped in Bull Plain and the Constable had then gone up to speak with him, and had taken his name.  The road in Fore Street had been up at the time, and there had been a lot of people about.  P.C. Shaw and Mr J.W. Jones corroborated.

The defendant denied that he could ride on his machine at the speed alleged, particularly with a passenger, because, he said, “It was not powerful enough”.

Ellen Castle, of 11 Thornton Street, who had been riding on the carrier, denied that the motor-cycle was going fast.

The defendant was fined 1 guinea or, in default, 7 days.

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