Hertfordshire Mercury, 24th March 1906


On Saturday morning, before the Mayor (Mr Alderman Baker) and Mr W Burgess, Arthur Read and Herbert Negus, of Bramfield, were charged with being drunk and disorderly on the previous day.

PS Bush stated that at 3.30 p.m. he was outside the Cold Bath public house when he saw the defendants behaving in a disorderly manner and trying to get into the public house. He had great difficulty doing so, but eventually he got them to go away. Ten minutes afterwards he found them entering another public house by the back way. Their conduct was so disgraceful that he and PC Penney had to take them into custody and lock them up.

Read had a Post Office Savings Bank book in his possession, from which it appeared that he had £35 standing to his credit and had drawn out £5 on Friday. Of this amount he had apparently spent £1 5s., and had the remainder in gold and silver in his pockets. If he had not been taken care of he probably he would have lost the lot.

The defendants pleaded guilty and had nothing to say for themselves. The Magistrates fined them 10s. each.

Thomas Gauldie, of the Folly, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in the Wash at 10.45 p.m. on the same day. Supt Foster stated that the defendant was brought into the Police Station by P.S. Huckle in a very drunken and disorderly condition, and he was placed in a cell. Defendant had nothing to say in mitigation of the offence and was fined 10 shillings.

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