At Ware Petty Sessions, William Page (16), William Ives (15), and Harry Timson (14), all Ware lads, were summoned for throwing stones, and pleaded guilty. James Henry Spencer, gardener to Mr S. W. Harrington, of Middleton Road, said he saw the lads on January 26, at about 4 p.m., throwing stones at the bottom of the road at a peacock belonging to Mr. Harrington. Ives said: ‘That’s got him one!’.
Supt Handley said the prosecution was taken in consequence of numerous complaints about stone throwing in the district.
Mr Spencer said Mr Harrington did not want to press the case, but he wanted the practice checked. Several fowls were lamed, and a peahen had been injured. The defendants were bound over for six months to be of good behaviour. The Chairman said the Bench hoped this would be a warning to other boys in Ware, for if they were brought up for a similar offence they would not be treated so leniently as on the present occasion.
Mr Andrews, probation officer, promised to look after the boys.