He got the needle

Hertfordshire Mercury, 1st August 1914


At a Welwyn occasional Court on the Tuesday, James Welch, a travelling mat mender, was charged with being drunk and disorderly the previous day.

Police Constable Baker stated that at about 2.15 p.m., he had seen the defendant in High Street, Welwyn.  He was drunk, was behaving in a disorderly manner, and was flourishing a sacking needle about 9 inches long.  The witness spoke to him, whereupon the defendant threatened to stick 2 or 3 inches of the needle into him.  The defendant then went into the Wellington Hotel, and the witness was at once asked by the landlady to eject him, which he did.  He then became very disorderly and had to be locked up.

The defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 5 shillings, or 7 days’ hard labour.  He was conveyed to St Albans gaol.

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