At Buntingford Petty Sessions on Friday, William Manning a dealer aged 45 from Norfolk Road, Buntingford, Hertfordshire was charged with using obscene language, on the 26th of March 1916. Manning asked for the Court hearing to be adjourned so that he could bring some witnesses. PC Bavister said that on Sunday the 26th of March he had called at the defendant’s house enquiring about a parcel that had been left on the High Street. PC Bavister stated that: ‘The defendant stood on his doorstep and made use of filthy and disgusting language used to the bench and there were children about.’ The officer handed to the judge what had been said and then passed it to Manning who cried ‘It’s all wrong I never said no such thing!’
The Chairman snapped back at Manning saying that any interruptions of a rude fashion did not help his case. The trial was adjourned as the evidence was conflicting, also so Mr Manning could bring witnesses.