This can't be taken lightly !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 18th July 1914


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions, Arthur Woodard, of Flamstead End, a glazier, was charged with wilfully extinguishing a public street lamp at 11.30pm on 13th July at Church Lane, Cheshunt.  The defendant pleaded guilty.

Police Constable Darlington, who had been on duty in plain clothes, and in disguise, said that the defendant, when spoken to, had said that the light had been flickering and that he had thought it might burst.  When charged at the police station, the defendant had said “It kept bobbing up and down.  I didn’t do it wilfully.”

Mr Frederick Lee, who appeared for the Gas Company, said that several lamps had been extinguished in this locality recently.  The Gas Company was responsible to the Council to the amount of 8d per lamp if the lamps were not lighted or extinguished properly.

The defendant said that he had not been drunk.  To much laughter in court, he said that he must have thought he was going to bed and thus had needed to turn the light out.

The Bench fined him 5s and 4s 6d costs.

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