Would you want wood, or wouldn't you ?
Hertfordshire Mercury, 23rd December 1916
At Ware Petty Sessions, John Clark, 12, of Chapel Yard, Ware, and Fred Hulls, of Kibes Lane, Ware, were summoned to a Children’s Court for damaging a fence belonging to Mr J. Chalmers-Hunt, to the extent of 4 shillings. They both pleaded guilty.
John Collins, gardener to Mr Chalmers-Hunt, said that on 25th November, he had seen the defendants breaking down the fence. Clark had a bundle of the wood under his arm.
P.C. Hyatt said that on 25th November he had received a complaint from Mr Chalmers-Hunt about the fence being broken. He marked some palings, and then proceeded to make enquiries. He afterwards saw Clark, who admitted damaging the fence. He said that Clark had had a bundle of wood, and that Clark had said that Hulls had had three pieces. P.C. Hyatt then saw Hulls who also admitted the offence.
Supt. Handley said there was nothing known against Hulls, but Clark had been up before the Bench before for breaking into the Picture Hall.
Clark was put on probation for 3 years, and Hulls for 2 years.