Very fishy !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th February 1914


At Waltham Abbey Police Court, on the Tuesday, Henry Hart, a labourer, of no fixed abode, was brought up on remand, charged with stealing, on 19th February, from a shop in Sun Street, six pieces of fried fish, valued at 6d, the property of Florence Chaplin.

Police Constable Alfred Morris gave evidence of having arrested the accused who, in reply to the charge, said “That’s right, guv’nor, lock me up.  I’m hungry.”

Sub-Divisional Inspector Rayner proved over 20 convictions against the accused for various offences.  Only a month previously, the accused had been sent to prison by the Cheshunt magistrates for breaking a window at the residence of the Relieving Officer, Mr Barnes, of Waltham Cross.

The Bench committed him for trial.

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