Hoddesdon trader fined

Hertfordshire Mercury, 4th December 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions on Wednesday, Ellen Adams, of The Garden Café, High Street, Hoddesdon, was summoned under the Defence of the Realm Act for failing to reduce the intensity of the inside lighting of her premises on November 2.  She pleaded not guilty.  Insp Moles said that at 8.15 p.m. on  November 2 he went to the rear of the defendant’s premises and there saw a large incandescent light shining through an unshaded window on to an empty greenhouse.  In the kitchen was another light shining on to the rear of the premises.  He called the defendant’s attention to the lights and she said: ‘I did not think it mattered, they can’t see that.’

PC Watler said he warned the defendant about the lights on October 30th.  The defendant, who said she had done her best to keep the lights shaded, was fined 3 guineas or 28 days.

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