Loud and clear

Hertfordshire Mercury, 12th September 1914



Louisa Seymour, of Little Berkhamstead, was summoned for using bad language on the 30th of August.

Thomas Brown, also of Little Berkhamstead, said that on the 29th of August, he and his family had been disturbed, between 11.30 p.m. and 1.30 a.m. the next morning, by the bad language of the defendant.  She had been in her own house, but the witness had lain in his bed and had heard her filthy language.  The witness had been over two and a half years in his house, had been taking in paying guests, and that this kind of behaviour had been going on the whole of this time.  The witness had sent his son for a Constable who then warned the woman, and she duly apologised.  When she thought the Constable had gone, however, she re-commenced the use of the foul language, and kept on until after 2.00 a.m.  The defendant made a long, rambling, statement in which she admitted using bad language.

Police Constable Wells, who had been called to the defendant’s house, said that he could hear the defendant using the language as he was approaching the house.

Superintendent Pear said that there were eleven previous convictions against the defendant, two of which had been in the current year.

The Chairman said that the defendant was a thorough nuisance to the neighbourhood and would be fined 1 guinea or, in default, 1 month.

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