Roydon Police Cases (Excerpt )
Matthew Wioment and Alfred Horstead were summoned for stealing 90lbs of brass fittings, the property of the Roydon Brickfield Company. Wioment did not appear. PCs Girt and Butcher said defendants told them they had full authority to sell the fittings. Horstead said he had the Company’s authority to sell anything he could on a cash basis.
He produced correspondence which, he told the Bench, gave him large discretion in this respect, and the account books produced showed records of sales he had effected for the Company, and which had been accepted. Both defendants were committed for trial at Quarter Sessions. Horstead admitted to bail on his own recognizances of £20, and a warrant was issued for the arrest of Wioment.