How rude!

Hertfordshire Mercury, 10th January 1914


At Ware Petty Sessions, Noah Dearman, of Hertford, was charged with making use of obscene language on 20th December 1913.

P.C. Burch said that, on the day in question, he had been making enquiries at Colliers End in respect of an accident that had occurred between the defendant’s horse and a motor-cyclist.  Having taken statements from the two men concerned, he proceeded to take statements from two ladies who had witnessed the accident.

The defendant, thereupon, kept walking about in the crowd making use of very bad language indeed.  The defendant had tried to stop the two ladies from talking to him.  P.C. Burch had received complaints from several people who were present.  He had told the defendant to “shut up” several times, but he had taken no notice.

Miss May Day said that the defendant had made use of “very bad language”, with which she was very much annoyed.  George Shave, a groom living at Colliers End who was called for the defence, said that he had not heard the use of the language complained of.

The defendant, on oath, stoutly denied the charge, but PC Burch said that the language used was not fit for a man to hear.

The Bench fined the defendant 2s 6d and 12s costs.

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