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St Albans City Police on parade July 1936

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Tuesday 10 November 1835

Hertford Mercury and Reformer
Commitments the County Goal. William Archer and William Jennings, charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Daniel Olney and William Olney, with intent to do them some grievous bodily harm.
To the House of Correction. William Cocks and James Smith, two months. Samuel Hawkins, James Cranfield, John Edwards, and George Gladding, three months. for poaching. James Kinsey and Charles Prior, one month, for maliciously damaging three elm trees.

Tuesday 03 November 1835

Hertford Mercury and Reformer
Conviction Under The Game Laws, Wearn v Bergin.
lt will be remembered by many of our readers, that we reported a case decided at Watford in June last, in which the Hon. and Rev. W. Capel, J. Falcon, and J. Ryley, Esq. H. W. Woolrych, Esq. convicted a man named Burgin, for trespassing on Rose Hall Farm, in the parish of Sarratt, in the occupation of Mr. Edward Pritchard, though that gentleman employed him to destroy the rabbits, as the farm was completely overrun with them. The 30th section of the Game Act 1 renders it unlawful for farmer to authorise other persons kill rabbits on his farm, where the game belongs to the landlord or some other person. The object this was to prevent strangers from pursuing game under the pretence of pursuing rabbits; but their worships convicted Burgin, although it was not proved that the game belonged to the landlord or any person other than Pritchard, and the ground of their decision was, that farmers cannot kill rabbits unless expressly authorised to do so by their landlords. The novelty of this opinion, it may be well supposed, excited considerable surprise amongst the farmers in the neighbourhood, who never dream of getting a power to destroy rabbits inserted in their leases, it being universally known that they have the right to kill those destructive animals without asking the permission of their landlords. Mr. Pritchard, however, had the spirit to appeal to the Sessions against this conviction, and it was accordingly quashed on the 22nd ult. without opposition, the prosecutor, Montagu Gore, Esq. who claims a right of sporting over Rose Hall Farm, not being found hardy enough to attempt upholding such an extraordinary decision. We are happy to add, that the Court ordered the respondent to pay the costs, amounting to 16s.

Commitments to the County Goal.
William Mansfield, charged with stealing a cock turkey, the property of Thomas Gray, at Braughing. William, Russell, charged with stealing quantity of hay, the property of Martha Payne. John Lawrence, charged with stealing a jacket, the property of John Bunyan.
To the House of Correction.
Richard Price alias Nipper, six months; William Bardie, Jos. Hummerston, William Slater, John Wallington, and Joseph Ward, two months each, for poaching. James Smith, one month, for neglecting his family. William Augustus Smith, two Months, for an assault.


In an effort to improve the conditions within the cellblocks at the various police stations straw paillasse’s were supplied for all Cells.


The Secretary of State has been approached by the British Legion on the question of allowing police in uniform to wear a poppy on Armistice Day. The question has been considered on several occasions in the past, but the view has been taken that it would not be appropriate to permit police in uniform to wear any emblem. This year however, the army council had modified Kings regulations so as to permit the wearing of the Hague poppy by all ranks when on duty, provided that when so worn it is of reasonable dimensions and since similar action will be taken with regard to the other fighting services, it is considered appropriate to give similar permission in the case of the police. Superintendents will ensure that all members of their divisions are aware of the above permission and that only poppies of reasonable size worn, in the left-hand jacket pocket, and second or third buttonhole of the greatcoat. (General order 186. 1939)

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