A breach of the Lighting Order

Hertfordshire Mercury, 27th November 1915


At Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Walter A. Bruff (26), draper, of Baldock Street, Ware, was summoned for failing to comply with the Lighting Order on November 6.

PS Herring said that on the date in question, about 7.30 p.m., he was with PC Bignell at the junction of Baldock and High Streets, when he saw nine streaks of light shining across the road, some of which lighted up the churchyard.  The blinds were not drawn, and the witness drew the defendant’s attention to it.  When the defendant came outside at the witness’s request, he said he did not think it was as bad as that.  He went inside and pulled down all the blinds but one, and the witness had to go in again and ask the defendant to pull that down also.  On October 30 when the witness asked him to subdue his lights he made fun if it, and laughed in the witness’s face.  PC Bignell corroborated.  The defendant said that when the Order came into force he did everything he could to comply with it.  Fined 24s. or in default 13 days.


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