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Friday 08 May 1903 Herts & Cambs. Reporter & Royston Crow

Royston District. The amount of out relief granted during the fortnight was £ 57.14s.7d.; corresponding period last year, £ 59.4s.6d. The number of vagrants relieved during the fortnight was: first week 9, second 15. Inspector H. G. Sprigg, successor to Inspector Hart (retired), wrote offering himself for the appointment of Assistant Relieving Officer for the relief of vagrants, which has usually been held by the Police Officer in charge at the Police Station. It was understood that the appointment would be considered at the next meeting of the Board, the requisite formal notice being given.

Friday 08 May 1903 Herts & Cambs. Reporter & Royston Crow

Mr. Frank Smith said he should like to ask why Hertfordshire at the present time was the highest rated County in the country for the purposes of its police rate. Mr. Halsey, as chairman of the Standing Joint Committee, said he was afraid he was not prepared to answer the question without notice. He had no doubt that Mr. Smith was correct, but, at the same time, he hid no knowledge of the fact that we were the highest rated county with regard to our police. If it were so, he was afraid it was one of the penalties we had to pay for being so near to the Metropolis. Mr. Barnard said he had a return in his hand showing the cost of the police in nearly all the counties in England, and taking Mr. Halsey’s point as to Hertfordshire being near London he found that the Hertfordshire police rate exceeded that of the Metropolitan Counties, and that very considerably; therefore, it would appear not at all unreasonable to ask the Chairman of the Committee whether he did not know of that fact, and if not would he take steps to discover the cause of this great disparity in charges? Mr. Halsey promised to look into the matter.

12th April 1963 Watford Observer

A Housewife and mother of three aged 2, of Wood Lane, Hemel Hempstead, admitted at Herts Quarter Sessions last week that she had accompanied a man she had been living with on a shopping spree around local shops, using fake cheques as they went. Together with her partner, a plumber, of Runham Road, Hemel Hempstead, she pleaded guilty to obtaining a ring from a St Albans jeweller by false pretences. They asked for 10 other offences of a similar nature to be considered.

11th April 1981

The arrest of a young black man in Brixton triggers the worst race riot in England’s history. The petrol bomb is used for the first time on the streets of Britain, and 279 policemen and 45 civilians are injured.

GENERAL ORDER 15/1999 14 April 1999

Officers attending and investigating road crashes should refrain from expressing a view as to whether a motor vehicle Airbag should or should not have activated. In cases involving serious injury where there are concerns regarding Airbag activation, the services of a vehicle examiner should be requested who may, where appropriate, seek technical assistance/data from a manufacturer.
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