An explosive situation !


Hertfordshire Mercury, 9th March 1918

At the Waltham Abbey Sessions on the Tuesday, Jeanette Matilda Clara Alexander (19), of Leytonstone, an employee of the Royal Gunpowder factory, was summoned for bringing a parcel, containing a dozen boxes of live matches, into the factory on 22nd February.

A Woman Constable described how she had searched the defendant’s attache case and had found the parcel that contained the matches.

When told that she had rendered herself liable to prosecution the girl said “I didn’t know what the parcel contained.  I took it in for another girl”.

The Chairman said that the Bench saw no distinction between male and female employees in a case of this sort, and that the defendant would have to pay a fine of £7.

Charles Victor Heard (17), of Enfield, was also fined £7 for having matches and cigarettes in his possession at the factory on 25th February.

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