At Herts Petty Sessions, on the Tuesday, George Chaplin (13) and Cyril Monk (17), both of Rye Park, were charged with doing wilful damage to wagon shafts belonging to Mr Edmund Kingsley, of The Hollies, Rye Park, on 31st December. They both pleaded guilty.
Aubrey Kingsley, the prosecutor’s son, said that when he was in the meadow during the morning the wagons and carts were all right, but when he went there in the afternoon he saw the defendants there, a cart had been turned over, the wagon shafts broken, and some trusses of hay had been strewn about. The damage done amounted to 10 shillings.
Police Constable Field stated that, when he had seen the defendants the same day, they had admitted doing the damage. There had been several complaints of similar damage to Mr Kingsley’s property lately. Mr Kingsley was very ill in bed, and thus unable to attend the Court.
Superintendent Handley said that there was a previous conviction against Monk for stealing, in 1915. With reference to Chaplin, there had been a rather serious report about him recently, and he had had to get his father to chastise him. Both defendants, with other lads, were continually committing damage.
Monk was fined £1.1s, and Chaplin 15 shillings, with the Chairman severely reprimanding them both for their disgraceful conduct in damaging property, particularly at a time when labour and material were so valuable.