Hertfordshire Mercury, 4th December 1915


At Hatfield Petty Sessions on Monday, Walter Overton, platelayer, of Gracemead Cottages, was summoned for being drunk and incapable at Hatfield on November 21.  His wife appeared on his behalf and explained that he could not get off from his work.  P.c. Spencer  stated that at 8.10 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, he saw the defendant on Pond Hill helplessly drunk; he could not speak, or walk, or stand, and the witness had to get a stretcher to carry him home.  Supt Sullivan said that the defendant was quite a respectable man, and he was afraid that this charge might have a serious effect in regard to his employment on the railway.  The Chairman said that having regard to what Supt Sullivan had said the Magistrates were inclined to take a lenient view of the case.  They would not convict the defendant, but he must pay the costs, 4 shillings.

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