Story of a poplar tree

Hertfordshire Mercury, 4th December 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions on Wednesday,  Henry Newton, Frederick Pratt, Alfred Pratt, and Emily Richmond, all of Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt, were summoned for being in the unlawful possession of a quantity of wood, the property of George Paul, at Cheshunt, on November 13.

Newton did not appear, but the other defendants pleaded guilty.  Richard Seymour, of Blindman’s Lane, foreman to Mr George Paul, said that on the evening of November 12 a large poplar tree fell down in Mr Paul’s field.  The next day he went with P.s. Bowden to the gardens at the back of the defendants’ houses and saw quantities of the poplar tree.  Corroborative evidence was given by P.s. Bowden and P.s. Fletcher.

The Bench fined Mrs Richmond 2s. 6d., discharged the defendants Pratt with a caution, and fined Newton 5 shillings.

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