Prices have gone up again

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th November 1914


At Hertford Borough Sessions, Stuart Simpkins, of Pegs Lane, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, in Maidenhead Street, on 20th November.

Police Constable Capon stated that he was in the Market Place at midday when the landlady of the Old Coffee House came and asked him to eject a man from her house who was swearing because the price of beer had gone up a penny a pint.  On going to the house, he found Simpkins there and asked him to leave.   After drinking his beer, he went, but when they got outside the defendant struck him in the chest.  He closed with him and Simpkins went to the ground but, whilst there, kicked the witness on the ankle.

Simpkins, who had only come out of prison on the day of the offence, pleaded guilty to being drunk, and was fined 10 shillings or, in default, 7 days’ hard labour.  He said that he would do the 7 days.  He was taken away in custody.

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