Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th December 1915


At Hertford County Sessions on Saturday, William Barrett, a roadman, of Birch Green, pleaded not guilty to being drunk at Hertingfordbury, on November 29.  P.c. Bushnell said that at 11 p.m. on the night in question he was in the village when he heard someone making a funny noise.  He turned on his lamp and saw then defendant sitting down on someone’s step.  The witness spoke to him, and he said he was having a rest.  The witness told him to get up or he would get wet, and he fell headlong into the road.  He then assisted the defendant home.  The defendant denied that he was drunk.  He had a weak heart, and had been working hard all day.  The defendant was ordered to pay the costs of the summons, 4 shillings.

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