At Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Stanley Powell, Watton Road; Joseph Stamp, Baldock Street; Frank Adams, Princes Street, William Andrews, Crib Street; Sidney Fordham, Albert Yard; William Pearson, Crib Street; Charles William Page, Musley Hill, Ware, were charged with playing cards on a footpath in Green Lanes, Ware, on August 19th. The first four only appeared, and all pleaded not guilty.
P.C. Bennett said he saw the defendants playing cards on the Sunday in question, and saw money passing. They were playing brag. It was in the footpath leading up to Fanhams Hall.
The defendants denied they were gambling, stating they were out of work and had no money. Supt Duke said complaints had been made as to the bad language which youths playing cards had used as people were going to church on Sundays. The Chairman said the conduct of the defendants, especially on Sundays, was a nuisance to the neighbourhood, and it must be put a stop to.
They must understand that they could not loaf about in public places and gamble and use bad language in the way they had done.
Those who appeared would be charged 3s. each and those who were absent 5s each .