Colonel breaks Defence of the Realm Act

Hertfordshire Mercury, 24th July 1915


Colonel Sir Theodore Brinckman, of The Grange, Bishop’s Stortford, was summoned at Stratford on Saturday for aiding Alfred William Selby, a private in the  A.S.C., in using powerful motor lights, contrary to the Defence of the Realm Act, at Woodford, at midnight on June 3. 

Mr E. Boards Knight, who presented for the Police Commission, said Selby was driving the Colonel through Woodford in a car which had two electric lamps, which threw beams to a distance of at least 100 yards.  The car was stopped by police officers, and then the Colonel said he did not consider the lights were too powerful.  When asked to shade them he drove off.  For the defence it was stated that the defendant had been to a recruiting meeting, and was on his way home.

He passed through the city without being challenged.  The colonel was annoyed at being stopped, but while accepting the responsibility he did not admit that the lamps threw a beam in excess of the regulations.  A fine of 40s. and 21s. costs was imposed.  A summons against Selby was dismissed on payment of 5s. costs.

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