The 'Black Hawk' gang

Hertfordshire Mercury, 30th January 1915


A singular case was heard at St Albans City Police Court on Saturday, when a lad, who gave his name as Reginald Allison, was charged with demanding money by menaces from Mrs Edmonds, wife of Mr D.J. Edmonds, a solicitor, residing at ‘Faircourt’, London Road, St Albans.  The prisoner, who was wearing Scout attire, was said to have called at the house and delivered to the maid a note demanding, in the name of ‘The Black Hawk’, £50 within three days, ‘or your life will pay the penalty’.  When seen by Mrs Edmonds he was very rude and threatening, and put his hand to his hip pocket as if about to produce something.  When searched at Hatfield, where he was detained, he was found to be in possession of a pistol and a number of cartridges.  Mrs Edmonds told him she had two officers in the house and if he didn’t go away she would call them.  Prisoner then said he didn’t care for the officers or the Police.  This statement he repeated during the hearing.  He was remanded to Thursday’s Sessions, when he made a statement that he was out of employment, cold, and hungry, and this caused him to do what he had done.  He was committed for trial at the Assizes.

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