Violence doesn't pay

Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th June 1916

Transcript

At Cheshunt Petty Sessions, William Adams (26), a munition worker, Maurice Adams (49), a dealer, and Albert Adams (18), of Dobbs Weir Lock, Roydon, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Burford Street, Hoddesdon on June 12th, but not guilty to assaulting PC Freeman at the same time and place.

PC Freeman said that one of the men had struck him a violent blow, and that another of the men had said “I’d kill you if I had a chance”.

Sidney Alfred Taylor, a Special Constable at Hoddesdon, also gave evidence.  He said that the men were worse for drink, and that when P.C. Freeman had asked the men to go away, William Adams had knocked the officer on the head, sending his helmet spinning on the road.  He confirmed that a hostile crowd had gathered around the officer and had attempted to release Adams.  At the same time, both Albert and Maurice Adams had commenced punching Freeman.

Maurice Adams’ wife told the Bench that the police had come to the house to arrest her son and had treated him in an unmerciful manner.

The defendants were each fined 10 shillings for drunkenness and 1 guinea each for the assault on the police.

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