At a special Bench at Bishop’s Stortford on Monday, Private John Pearce, a Territorial of the North Midland Brigade, was brought up in custody charged with stealing a bicycle, value £4 10s, the property of Miss Flora Spearmen, cycle agent of Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, on 27th November.
Miss Spearmen said that the accused came to her shop and asked to hire a bicycle for about an hour. He gave the name of Pearce, and she let him have the machine. He did not return it, but she identified the one produced. Police Constable Emmerton stated that he went to Bedford on Saturday and found the prisoner detained there with the bicycle. He charged him with stealing it, and brought him to Bishop’s Stortford.
Superintendent Foster, in asking for a remand, said that he should be able to prove that the prisoner had attempted to sell the bicycle in Market Street, Bedford.
The prisoner said that he was “fed up” with his Regiment, and was tired of it altogether. The Chairman said “That has to do with your officers. You will be remanded in custody”.