John Steward, a chimney sweep, pleaded guilty to drunkenness in Castle Street, Hertford on 2 June 1900. Inspector Spriggs saw the defendant at 6:40pm lying right across the pavement with a crowd around him. Steward was helplessly drunk and could not stand. He was fined 10 shillings or 7 days’ hard labour.
It transpired that he had several previous convictions for drunkenness.