Damaging a police rug

Hertfordshire Mercury, 6th November 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions on Wednesday, Henry Charles Woodard, of Flamstead End, Cheshunt, a painter, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and using obscene language in Church Lane, Cheshunt, on October 28th. 

He was further charged with wilfully damaging a cell rug, value 5 shillings, at Cheshunt Police Station, on October 28th.  The prisoner pleaded guilty to each of the charges.

PC Foord stated that at 10.15 pm, he found the prisoner lying in Church Lane drunk and using bad language.  With assistance, he managed to take him into custody.

PC Leakey stated that on the morning of October 29th, he visited the prisoner in his cell at the Police Station, and found the rug (produced) had been damaged by having a number of holes made in it.  The rug was quite whole when the prisoner was placed in the cell.

The prisoner said he was very sorry, and was ashamed of himself.

The bench imposed a fine of 21 shillings, or 13 days, in respect of the drunkenness, etc., and 5 shillings, or five days imprisonment, for the damage to the rug.

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