Swine fever !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 26th December 1914


At Baldock Petty Sessions, on Saturday, a local butcher named George Worbey, of Whitehorse Street, was convicted of failing to keep a register as required by Section 4(2) of the Swine Fever Order 1911, on November 29th, and was fined 10s, including costs.

The case arose through the police tracing back an outbreak of swine fever and thus finding that Worbey had performed a certain operation on a number of sows belonging to pig-keepers at Letchworth, and that he had failed to keep a record of these operations.  The defendant pleaded ignorance, and said that he had frequently performed these operations for his customers, as had his father before him.

Supt Reed pointed out that it was a very dangerous thing not to keep a register, as without a proper register the police could not trace these matters.

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