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I LEDBURY POLICE. I WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31. Before Alderman John Riley (in the chair), Mr W A H Martin, Mr Spencer H Bickham, Mr Fred Ballard, Mr R Buchanan, and Mr E H Hopkins. I CUT-OUT CASE. William George Proberts, of Birmingham, was summoned for ridiag a motor-cycle with the cut-out" open in Worcester-road, Ledbury, on November 30, 1913. Defendant did not appear, but was repre- sented by Mr Coles, Hereford. P. S. Brierley said he saw the mofcor-cyele start from the Royal Oak Hotel, Ledbury, and when it got 15 to 20 yaris up Worcester-road it started making a very loud noise, which he should say was caused by the cut-out being open. It went on up the Worcester-roail making a very loud noise, whereas when it passed him the machine was going quite quietly. John Reginald Denslow, cycle agent, Homend-street, Ledbury, said he was coming down Worcester-road on the day named and just opposite Ledbury Park he saw a motor- cycle with side-car, with a lady in the side-car, come round the corner from the Southend quiet enough, but as soon as it got opposite him the motor-cycle began making a loud noise, caused by the "cu-out" being open he should say. The noise began quite suddenly. When he got to the bottom of the Worcester-road Sergt. Brierley stopped him, which was rather un- fortunate for him, as he was in the same line of business. Mr Coles said the machine defendant was rididg was an "Ivy" of this year's pattern, made since the cut-out order came into force, aud it had no "cut-out on it. Defendant had ridden the machine for four months in and and around Birmingham and this was the first complaint that had been made. He handed in a letter from the makers and a sketch of the machine. Fined 59 and 15s 6d costs. I STRAYING DONKEYS. Uwen Davies, of Woolhope, -was summoned for allowing a donkey to stray on the highway at Woolhope on Decem ber 18. Defendant did not appear. P.C. Bowen proved the case, and said the donkey was a mile from home and a mile-and-a- half from Broodmoor Common, where it was turned out. Mr Ballard What limit is there off the Common ? Witness None that I am aware of. Fined 5s. Henry Holbrook, of Woolhope, who is tho parish constable, was summoned for a similar offence on the same date. Tlais defendant also did not appear, and P.C. Bowen again proved the case. The donkey was with the one referred to in the previous case. Mr Ballard Th-3>e are a lot of donkeys about Woolhope, aren't there ? Witness Yes, there are. (Laughter). Fined 78 6d. I ANOTHER CHANCE. Thomas Taylor, a casual labourer, hailing from Worcester, was summoned for stealing a fowl from Callow Hills, value 2s 31, on Dec 24, the property of Henry Cowell, farmer, his employer. Henry Cowell said he had lost a Plymouth Rock fowl similar to the one produced. Mr Ballard Lost any by foxes lately ? Witness Yes, but foxes don't usually put them in a bag. Mr Bollard No they don't wait for that. Mr Cowell said he did not wish to press the case. The man had worked off and on for him for 12 years, and he had al ways found him honest. This fowl strayed from the others, and he thought perhaps it was a temptation to him. P.S. Brierley said he met prisoner on the Little Marcle road, carrying a sack, and in reply to questions the man said he had a rabbit and potatoes Mr Cowell had given him for a Christmas-box. He turned out the rabbit and potatoes, and witness then looked in the sack and found the fowl produced. In reply to questions, he said he found it dead in the orchard along Falcon Lane and hid it under a tree until he returned from work. Supt Williams said on Christmas Day he took defendant his tea in the cell, and he told him that the fowl was with three or four others in Mr Cowell's wain-house, and he threw a stone at them and killed this one, Mr Ballard Did you warn him J Supt. Williams No. There was no necessity. This was a voluntary statement. Defendant pleaded guilty and said he threw a piece of hop-pole at the fowl and lamed it. He didn't like to take it back as he thought Mr Cowell would get on to him, a"d he killed it. In reply to the Magistrates' Clerk (Mr C B Masefield), Mr Cowell said he was willing to employ the man again. He had always found the man honest, and he could etra as much as most men on piece work. The Bench decided not to record a conviction, but, Taylor was ordered to pay 10i towards the costs and bound over for six months. A sum of 5s due to him from Ml Cowell was pud in and a fortnight was allowed for payment of the remaining 5s. A LENIENT VIEW. Joseph Wilkinson, a strong, well-built man, an Army reservist, was brought up in custody charged with destroying his clothes at the Workhouse that morning. H J Batchelor, porter at the Workhouse, said prisoner did his task tho previous morning and that (Wednesday) morning at 8 o'clock when he went to discharge him he found ho had torn his clothing to shreds. He spoke to the man about it, and he said he could not get work in the clothes he had. If the man had mentioned to him about his clothes he would have found him some, as they usually gave old clothes to casuals in need of them. Prisoner sail he had come from the North and had tried to find work and get off the road, but no one would employ him in tho clothes he had. He was making his way to South Wales, where he could get work. Ho had asked at the various casuals wards he had stayed at for some clothes, but he always got the usual reply "No." Prisoner's insurance card, was produced and the stamps showed that he was a workman. He said lie had been on tramp since November 27, when he left Manchester. Mr Ballard Didn't you apply to the labour exchange in the North ? They would have transferred you ? Prisoner They will on some work, but not on ours. Prisoner's papers showed that he was an Army Reservist. The Chairman told the man he was liable to imprisonment for such stupid conduct. It. was very foolish of him, but they would let him go this time.

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