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NEWENT LICENSING SESSIONS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5. I Before Messrs E Courier (in the chair), T D Grimke-Drayton, E E Evans, and J L Stelfox. Deputy Chief Constable Harrison sub- mitted his report, which showed the number and conduct of the licensed houses in the JSiewent Petty Sessional Division during the year ending December 31 last. The total number of licensed houses is 22, consisting of 8 alehouses, 11 beerhouses (on), 1 beer- house (off; 2 grocers' licenses—these being the same numbers respectively as in the previous year. There is only one registered dob. No licenses are withdrawn for mis- conduct. The licpnses transferred during the year were the Traveller's Rest, The Bull Inn (beerhouses). Newent and the Yew Tree (beerhouse), Huntley. Proceedings hare been taken against two licensed persons during the past year for offences against their licenses, but botb cases were dismissed. The general conduct of the licensed houses in all other respects has been good. I have recei ved no notice of any person's intention of applying to-day to your worships for a new license. No notice of objection to the renewal of any license has been served upon any licensed person in your petty sessional division. The population of the division as per t.be 1011 census is 0,599. There is one license to every 299 of the inhabitants. Of the 13 parishes in the Division there are eight without a licensed house. I append a statement of the convictions for drunkenness for the past five years. In 1909 the number was three, in 1910 five, 1911 two, 191.2 six, 1913 seven. Every inquiry was made with a view to ascertaining w here these persons obtained their drink, but only in one case could it he traced to a licensed house, in which case not sufficient evidence could be obtained to justify a prosecution. E under- stand that the County Licensing Authority hfiS intimated to your Worships that they would be prepared to consider any licenses referrred to them from this Division. In the lighting area of Xewent there are 4 alehouses. 5 beerhouses (on), 1 beerhouse (off), and 2 grocers' licenses. With a population of 1.(100 persons, including &bout 72 in the Union Workhouse, this is one license to every 133 inhabitants, includ- ing the two grocers' licenses. Commenting upon the report, the Chair- man said that according to a statement made bv the Home Office, there had been a great difficulty ia getting at the exact figures regarding the takings and out- goings of license-holders. That was to say, that many of the license-holders did not keep proper business books showing the takings and outgoings. These particulars should be kept up to date in any properly- managad hon-e. When the question of claims arose, they must have their accounts kept up to aether to show the value of the house. Therefore it was to the benefit of the liceo?e-boJder to keep proper accounts of takings and outgoings, so that the assessors could put the right value on the trade of the house. In conclusion, Mr Conder said be was gtad to say that the Bench were very satisfied with the report of the D.C.C. The general conduct of the trade was good. There had been i hree applications for trans- fers, an the Bench were satisfied with tLG8P transfers, and hoped that the respect- ive hcn9.) would be kept in order. There w&s a certain amount of drunkenness from time to time, and tnis had been more during the past year than in the previous year, and considerably tnoje than in lmr), It was tnped hat all the licensr-holders would not. ser,ve- men who were under the influence of drink, which only bronchi trouble upon the nu n aad upon the liflerile". It til at ctay to ad journ, the following ¡iJ\thf8 until toe a-i jourped Hcensif'?<e"'?.' on Marp'i 3 — Bull b n, Anchor Inn, N.?'s Head Inn, th Plot?h >.v: ?i:. aii in N?weot. The other [ licenses would be renewed. SCHOOL CASES. Joseph Williams, school attendance officer, summoned the following parents for the irregular attendance of their respective children at school :—Alfred Hodges, James Hodges, and Esther Taylor; each fined 2a 6d. A summons against Wm Jackson was adjourned till next Court.

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