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Hertfordshire Mercury, 7th October 1916


At Hertford Borough Sessions, John Coulson of The Bell Public House, St Andrews Street, Hertford, was summoned for permitting the sale of intoxicating liqueur at 9:45pm on 22nd September, and William Hart was summoned for consuming it, contrary to the Central Control Board Liqueur Traffic Regulations.  This was the first local case under these Regulations.

PC Hadder said that, on the date in question, he had been near the public house when he had heard voices inside.  He went in and saw the defendants with two full glasses of beer on the counter, which they consumed.  Coulson said that the beer had been drawn by 9:00pm.  He added that he had a pony that had been badly kicked, and that he had asked Hart to go with him to the stables and assist him in attending to the animal.  He said that they had afterwards returned to the bar but had quite forgotten the Regulations.

Coulson was fined 20 shillings, and Hart was fined 5 shillings.

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