Obstructing the police

Hertfordshire Mercury, 4th May 1907


At Hertford Borough Sessions on Thursday, Herbert Street, labourer, of Railway Street, was charged with obstructing the police whilst in execution on their duty on the same occasion. The defendant pleaded not guilty. P.c. Carter stated that while he was attempting to take Raw to the Police Station, Street came up and took hold of Raw’s arm and attempted to get him away, and in fact did release him for a minute,saying “Let the man alone; I can manage him all right.”

Witness told Street that the man was in custody, and that he must keep his hands off him or he would get into serious trouble. Street then again attempted to drag the man away. P.c. Prior and Messrs W. Ramsey and W. Adey gave corroborative evidence. The defendant denied that he obstructed  the Police, and said he only went to try to get Raw to go home.

The Bench fined the defendant 15 shillings, the Mayor stating that the Magistrates must insist upon the Police being protected, and when they were doing their duty the outside public ought to assist and not resist them. The Bench were much obliged to the independent witnesses for coming forward, as the Police were not always able to obtain help in that way. They were therefore very much obliged to the witnesses who supported them in cases of this nature.

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