Always ask a copper !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 10th October 1914


A man named William Parker, of no fixed abode, was seen by Police Sergeant Firth begging in Mensby on Monday.  The officer asked him what he was doing, and the man said that he was making enquiries as to where someone lived and denied that he was begging.  The officer took him back to one of the houses, and the woman said that he had been asking for a copper all along the street.  The man then said “And now I’ve got a copper.”

The next morning, the Bench sentenced him to 10 days imprisonment with hard labour.


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