Bucket kicks the bucket

Hertfordshire Mercury, 12th June 1931



Paddy Bucket , 37 , engine driver, no fixed abode, was charged on remand with being drunk and incapable at Hitchin on Friday, and doing wilful damage at Hitchin Police Station.

Bucket pleaded guilty to both offences.

P.C. Hull said he was called to the Market Place on Friday, where he saw the accused lying in the road. He assisted him to his feet, but as he was not capable of looking after himself he took him to the police station, where he was charged. Accused said he had met some of his mates, who had won some money on the Derby, and they gave him some drinks. P.C. Parsons said on Friday evening he heard a banging noise from the cells at the police station. He went to the cell where the accused was, and heard a smashing of glass, and accused was standing in a threatening attitude with the cell bucket raised above his head. A pane of glass round the cell light was smashed, and the bucket was damaged. Accused said he was sorry it had happened. If he had any money on him they could take it for the damage, and give him a chance to leave the town.

Supt Herbert said Bucket had 4 shillings on him, and the amount of the damage was 11 shillings.

Bucket was sent to 14 days’ imprisonment for the second charge  and no penalty on the first, the Chairman stating that that was because there were no previous convictions .


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