Woman's unruly conduct

Hertfordshire Mercury, 8th January 1910


On Saturday morning at the Town Hall and before the Mayor (Mr Robert Odell) and Mr W Graveson, the Chair, a woman was charged with being drunk and disorderly and of assaulting PC Gatehouse.

The woman facing the charges was Emily Franklin; she pleaded guilty to being drunk.

Giving his evidence, PC Gatehouse stated that on the Thursday of last week he saw the defendant in St Andrews Street, in a drunken state.  She was using bad language and when he had spoken to her, Franklin had thrown a bottle at his head, knocking his police helmet off.  After that Franklin had also thrown a jam jar and a pair of boots at him.  PC Gatehouse said that Franklin also kicked him several times.

A gentleman came out of his house, saw what was happening and called for assistance.  PS Palmer duly arrived and the defendant was taken into custody.  PC Gatehouse stated that all the way to the police station, the defendant continuously threatened to stab both officers with a hatpin.  PS Palmer corroborated the Constable’s evidence and the case was proved.

Emily Franklin was sentenced to seven days’ hard labour for being drunk and to fourteen days’ hard labour for assaulting the police. The sentences would run concurrently.

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