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PRESTATYN LICENSING SESSIONS.

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The annual licensing sessions for the Petty Sessional division of Prestatyn were held on Wednesday, when the magistrates in atten- dance included Messrs. W. Elwy Williams (in the chair), R C. Enyon, Thos. Jones, M. A. Ralli, and W. Bulcock. Increase in Drunkenness. Superintendent Robert Jones read his report which shewed that there was 1 licensed house to every 182 inhabitants. Of the 33 licences in the division 20 were 7 days' and 13 six days' licenses. During the year 13 persons had been convicted for drunkenness—an increase of 6. The Chairman asked if there were any objections. Mr J. Roberts Jones (Rhyl) said be appeared to oppose the licence of the White Lion Inn, Glanrafon, on behalf of the Free Church Council of Llanasa. The chairman said all the licences would be renewed with the exception of the White Lion Inn, which they proceeded to consider, but Mr Roberts Jones reminded the Bench that there was a charge pending against the licensee of the White Lion, and he would suggest that that case be gone into before dealing with the renewal of this licence. After further remarks by the advocates, the Bench decided to hear the other case before dealing with the licence. Drunk on Licensed Premises. William Brooks, of Ponyffordd, Ffynnon- groew, who did not appear, was charged by P.C. J. E. Hughes with being drunk on the licensed premises White Lion Inn, Glanrafon, on Jan. 31st. The prosecution was represented by Mr F. J. Gamlin. The constable proved the charge, saying that he was called to the inn where he found defendant in a drunken state at 9-45 on the night mentioned. Dr. E. Lloyd Owen, M.D. testified to seeing Brookes swaying about in the road, and afterwards going into the White Lion. He then went for the police, and they found defendant in the inn with bottles of stout in his pocket. Rev. O. B. Jones, Ffynnongroew, who was with the doctor and the policeman, gave similar evidence. Superintedent Jones said Brookes was fined for being drunk in December last". The Chairman asked what the costs amounted to. ,i Mr Gamlin I have paid a. guinea to the doctor, 10/6 to Rev. O. B. Jones, and 5/- to a witness who was not called. The Chairman Do the two former press for their fees ? Dr". Lloyd Owen: If defendant has to pay the guinea, I will return it, but if the Crown pays I keep it (laughter). After a remark by the Chairman, both witnesses returned the money. The Chairman Perhaps Mr Gamlin will return his fee also (laughter). Mr Gamlin No, I don't belong to the same chapel (loud laughter). Brooks was fined 10/- and £1 12/- costs. Charge of Permitting Drunkenness A Peculiar Case. P.C. J. E. Hughes charged Edward Jones Licensee of the White Lion Inn, with serving a drunken person and permitting drunkenness on licensed premises, the case being the out- come of the previous charge. Mr Gamlin represented the police, Mr Joseph Lloyd appeared for Mrs Jones wife of the licensee, and Mr Porter for Sir Pyers Mostyn (owner of the house). During the constable's evidence it transpired that Jones had left home, and the summons was served on Mrs Jones. Mrs Jones was then called and stated her husband had left home five weeks ago—before the time that Brooks was served with drink -and she did not know where he was. She had bad no letters from him. At this stage Mr Lloyd advised witness not to answer any more questions. The Bench then announced the case could not proceed as defendant had not been served with the summons. A Temporary Transfer. Mr Joseph Lloyd applied for a temporary transfer of the White Lion Inn to Richard Williams, Greengrocer, Rhewl Fawr. Mr Roberts Jones said he would oppose this, but Mr Lloyd pointed out that the Bench were compelled to either let the present licensee continue until April (the end of the licensing year) or grant a temporary transfer. A testimonial in favour of the application, signed by several of the residents in the neigh- bourhood, was handed in. 0 It was stated that applicant had bought the lease (five years of which there was still to run) subject to him being granted a transfer. Eventually the Bench granted a temporary transfer to Mr Williams until March 14th, when the matter would be gone into. Mr Enyon asked if there was any objection to the case being heard at the Rhyl sessions on March 18th, but Mr Roberts Jones objected as he had seven witnesses to bring from the district, and Prestatyn was the proper place for the case to be heard.

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