Inspector assaulted - violent assault on a police officer

Hertfordshire Mercury, 24th February 1900


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions on Wednesday, Alfred Kirby Burling of Cheshunt Lock was charged with assaulting Inspector Draper, of Hoddesdon.  He pleaded guilty.  The Inspector deposed that on Wednesday, February 14th, he received a complaint that a man was begging.  Assisted by P.C. Lovell, the Inspector found Burling in the Broxbourne Hotel, handing out a circular.  The landlord had asked him what he had done with the papers and money he had produced the previous night in the bar.  Burling said he had burned the papers and given the money to a Mrs Norton of Cheshunt Lock, but did not have a receipt for it.

Insp Draper took Burling into a private room, where Burling handed over the papers that he said he had burned.  Burling then threatened a man called Goldsmith, saying he would kill him as he had given him away.  Insp Draper prevented Burling from assaulting Goldsmith, at which point Burling turned on Insp Draper and said “you ****, I’ll choke you then”.  He seized the Inspector and tried to kick him in the stomach.  With the assistance of some railway porters, Burling was taken to the police station.  On the way Burling continued to be violent and tried to bite.

Burling was sentenced to fourteen days’ hard labour without the option of a fine.



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