Notable Events In Week Sixteen

Ian Curley

Hertfordshire Police Historical Society

This Week In History

Saturday 21 April 1860

Hertfordshire Express and General Advertiser

Ann Parker, of Hoddesdon, was charged with stealing turnip-tops, and damaging the crops of Mr. Davie Jun, farmer, or St. Margarets. Fined 6d., and costs 14s. 6d.

Francis Welch, tramp, was charged with stealing turnip-tops, the property of Mr. Etty, of Amwell-Bury farm. The case was fully proved by P.C. Garrett. Fined 6d and costs 14s. 6d. in default of payment he was sent to the House of Correction for a month.

Charles Stanley was brought up in custody of the police, charged with deserting his wife and three children, whereby they had become chargeable to the parish of Ware The prisoner stated that he was a medical man by profession, from Manchester, where his practice had been so small that he could not maintain his family. He was induced to visit the provinces, hoping to better his condition. In this he had failed. He had remitted 13s. 6d. to his wife, and that was all he could send. His wife and family had reached Ware in destitute condition, and applied to the Union for shelter. The expenses incurred for their support amounted to £3.2s. Sent to the House of Correction for a month, with hard labour.

William Boston was charged with placing dung on a certain public road, and allowing it to remain there longer than was necessary. Defendant said he did not place the dung on public road. Police-constable Burbidge stated that the dung was put on the right hand side the road leading to the Cemetery, and it remained there at the present time. He did not see the defendant put it there. Mr. Pearse said the path on the left hand side was a public road, but the place where the manure is alleged to have been placed is a private road. The information, therefore was laid under the wrong Act. Mr. Stennett said he did not wish to press the charge. The mayor, after a few remarks, dismissed the case, saying that if the defendant came there again, on a similar charge, the full penalty would be imposed.

Saturday 15 November 1913

Hertford Mercury and Reformer
It was reported that the following police constables had completed 25 years’ service and retired on pension; Frederick Dean. £55 15s. 3d. pension, Walter Hopton £51. 17s. 2d., William Simmons £56 15s. 3d. By the death of ex-Supt. Henry Hunt, Hertford, a pension of £80 per annum had fallen and the death of ex-P.c. Alfrod Cundall, of Hertford, a pension of £40 ceased.

15th April 1966

Traffic wardens getting ready
Watford’s new traffic wardens go into a fortnight’s special training next week in readiness to start their street duties on May 2, in their blue police-type uniforms. There will be about 20 wardens, mostly women, supervised by senior wardens. Their main function is to deal with breaches in traffic waiting regulations; not to interrogate drivers, nor impose or collect on-the-spot fines.
(Watford Observer)

19th April 1963

Thieves stole 500,000 cigarettes, worth over £4,000, in an audacious Easter weekend raid on a Watford firm of wholesale tobacconists. The raiders broke into the St Albans Road premises of ophthalmic optician Mr John R. Gunton and smashed through a thick wall into the adjoining premises of Tucker & Co Ltd, wholesale tobacconists and confectioners.

General Order No. 16 of 21 April 1999

The Accelerated Promotion Scheme is designed for those police officers who may only have limited experience in service, but who show that they are capable of reaching Inspector rank quickly and have the potential to go further.
There is no upper age of qualifying service limit and applicants need not be graduates. Applicants need to have passed Part I of the Ospre Sergeants examination or to be anticipating such a pass in April 1999, or they must have passed the old style Sergeants examination. In order that potential candidates for the APC Extended Interviews are fully aware of the competencies and assessment methodology that will be used, presentations will be given to prospective candidates at the following regional locations on the dates shown. If you would like to attend a presentation please contact Career Development

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