A neighbours' quarrel

Hertfordshire Mercury, 13th May 1916


At Ware Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Mrs Florence Utteridge of Eagle Yard, Amwell End, Ware, was summoned for using abusive language towards Mary Jane Hammond, a single young woman living in the same yard.  She pleaded guilty, but said it was under great provocation.  Complainant said defendant called her ‘hypocrite four eyes’ (she wears glasses) and her children spat on her and frequently annoyed her.  She though it was time it was put a stop to it.  Defendant said that if the complainant did not interfere with her children there would be no trouble.  She habitually stood at the top of the yard, put out her tongue, and did all she could by dumb show to annoy her and her children.

The Chairman said it was a pity that neighbours could not live peacefully together.  There was quite enough quarrelling going on in the world at the present time between nations without individuals doing it.  The Bench would not convict this time, but they hoped that both women would go away determined not to quarrel again.

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