Alleged theft of cucumbers

Hertfordshire Mercury, 29th May 1915

Transcript

It is very rare that an occasional court is held at Cheshunt police station on a Bank Holiday, but such was the case on Monday, when Messrs J. Cull and F.B. Debenham attended for the hearing of cases which cropped up during the weekend. Charles Jennings, a navvy, and Philip Pugh, a carman, both of Enfield Highway, were charged with being concerned in stealing, on May 23, from a greenhouse at Park Lane Nursery, three growing cucumbers, the property of Mr William Hamilton.

A lad, aged 13, named Arthur Thurogood, said that on Sunday afternoon he saw the two prisoners inside Mr Hamilton’s nursery.  One of them tried the door of the greenhouse, and the witness ran and gave information to Mr Hayden, the foreman.  When he got back again to the nursery, he saw one of the men in a greenhouse.  Mr Hayden sent the witness for the Police.

Miss Ellen Hayden said that she went with her father to the nursery on learning the complaint from the last witness, and saw one of the accused take a cucumber from his pocket and place it amongst the plants.  Thomas Hayden, foreman to Mr Hamilton, said that when he got to the nursery one of the men was standing outside a house where the glass had been smashed.  The other man was inside the house, and near by him were two fresh cut cucumbers.  He gave both men into custody.

PC Broadwater deposed to receiving the men into custody.  On this evidence a remand was granted until Wednesday, the accused being bailed out on their own recognizances.

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