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LEDBURY POLICE. I WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22. I Before Alderman John Riley (in the chair), Mr Spencer H Bickham, Mr R Buchanan, Dr M A Wood, and Mr J W Hewitt. Mr H Thacker took the oath and his seat on the Bench by virtue of his office as Chairman of I Ledbury Urban District Council. APPLICATION. Mr M J Powell, of the Horse and Groom Hotel, Colwall, was granted an extention till 12 en May 11 on the occasion of a female Odd- fellows' tea and dance. Mrs K Jones, of the Yew Tree, Colwall, was granted an extension of one hour on April 30 on the occasion of a dinner of the Air-Rifle Club. NO LICENSE. George Henry Stallard, farmer, of Dingwood Park, Ledbury, for whom Mr H W Orme (Messrs Russell and Co) appeared and pleaded guilty, was lined jS7 and 10s costs for removing 11 pigs within 28 days without a removal licence on April 2, 1914. Supt Williams proved the case, and Mr H W Orme, fur the defence, stated that Mr Stallard acted unthinkingly in allowing the pigs to be removed withiu 28 days of their arrival there. It transpired that Mr Stallard had also been summoned in respect of these pigs, which were removed to Radmarley,atLpton-on-Severn Petty Sessions yesterday (Thursday) and the Magis- trates' Clerk (Mr C B Masefield) said he would write to the Magistrates' Clerk at Upton and inform him that Mr Stallard had been con- victed here. DECISION DEFERRED. James Wood, of Bishop's Froome, was sum- moned for driving a locomotive and waggon without having a communication cord attached at Tarrington on August 6 last, and Edwin Turbot, of Alfrick, was summoned for a similar offeuce on the same date. These cases were heard last; summer, when the defence was that they were not liable to the bye-law under which the proceedings were taken and the cases were dismissed. The County Council successfully appealed and fresh summonses were issued. P.C. Matthews explained that the scuffle and harrows, in respect of which the first sum- mons was issued, were both on wheels for conveyance on the road. Mr Orme said it was laid down in the ruling of the King's Bench Division that if the impli- ments were placed on wheels for travelling on the road then they were to be classed as vehicles. Mr Hewitt (from the bench) said a scuffle travelled on wheels when in use, but harrows did not. James Wood, of Bishops Froome, one-af the defendants, in reply to questions from the Bench, said that the harrow had three wheels, which were permanently fixed. When they were travelling along the road the wheels were raised, on a crank. The wheels were used for steering. Mr Orme said now that Mr Wood had explained it strengthened the case considerably. He left their Worships to come to what decision they likgd. Instead of separate wheels it had wheels of its own, but not always in use. There were axles attached permanently. When the harrows were on the land the wheels were taken off. But immediately the wheels were attached it became a vehicle. If the wheels were permanently attached for the purpose of scuffling or harrowing, as the case might be, he suggested that they were not vehicles. He asked the Bench to come to the conclusion that they were not vehicles. The Bench decided that they would give their decision that day fortnight. CRUELTY TO A BULLOCK. Nicholas Price, drover, of Malvern Link, was charged with ill-treating a bullock in the Ledbury Cattle Market, on the 7th April. Inspector Lewis, R.S.P.C.A., of Hereford, said that he was at the Ledbury Cattle Market, during the early part of the sale on April 7. He saw defendant trying to get eight or ten cattle out of a pen into the sale ring. He had great difficulty in doing so. Defendant was standing in the ring with a big ash stick in his hand and was beating the cattle unmercifully. One of them had a great weal on its side. After thp. cattle had passed through the pen he followed the defendant and demonstrated with him. Ex-Sergt. Lloyd could corroborate him. John Lloyd, County Court bailiff, said he was present at the time, and his attention was called to the incident by Inspector Lewis. He noticed several weals on the right hand side of some yearling beasts. There was several ridges upon the beasts made by the stick. Defendant had a butt ash stick. Defendant said he had been a drover for 6 years, and had been at the market a good many times. He had never been summoned before and had not a stain on his character. The Chairman iutlicted a fine of 10s and 14s costs and defendant was given a month to pay. Defendant paid 6s down. ASSAULT AT HAMBROOK. James Prosser, of Hambrook, Ledbury, was summoned for assault on Honor O'Shea, also of Hambrook, Ledbury, on April 4. Complainant said she lived with Prosser at the time of the assault on April 4. He had been to his employer for his money, and some time later he came back and went to hit her on the head. She put up her arm and received three blows on the arm. A woman at Wallhills dressed her arm and said that there was a clot of blood on her arm. She could not do any work at present. Defendant: Didn't you get up on Sunday morning and curse me when I was under the doctor's hands ? You drove me out of the house and when I came back you cursed me again ? Is that right ? Complainant No; it is quite wrong. Defendant: I have never hit that woman in my life. Prosser pointed to his eye and asked com- plainant hoiv long she bad cut it open. She replied that it was nine years. Ernest Prosser, of Hambrook, said that his mother went to Ledbury on Saturday night and when she came back into the house Prosser started swearing at her. He also hit witness across the shoulder, and he hit his mother as hard as he could. Defendant Did you throw a stone at me that night ? Witness No, I did not it was my brother Stanley. Prosser, on entering the witness-box, said that when complainant came home on Saturday night she started swearing at him. He went out and she followed him to a building. She had got a stone in her hand. -When he came back into the house she started swearing again and kept it up till 11 o'clock. Defendant was ordered to pay 10s and was bound over for 12 months in the sum of £5. CHILDREN'S- COURT. I Herbert Hopkins (9) and James Davis (9), both of Yarkhill, were brought up on remand from the last court charged with stealing two motor-car head lamps, one generator, one watch, one jack, one leather glove, and one tumbler glass from a motor-car, the property of Rev E W Randle, Vicar of Stretton Grandison. Frederick James Hall. chaufleur to Rev E W Randle, said he was driving the car when it broke down. He put it inside a field by the road When he went to take it away on the 26th of March he missed several articles to the value of j37. He had not seen the articles since. Questioned by the Bench as to the security of the generator witness replied that it was fastened by thumbscrews and the watch was screwed into the dashboard, and the jack was- light enough to be carried by any of the boys. By the Bench Do you think these lads could carry away the whole of the things ? Witness If they had something to put them in they could. Father of Hopkins: Do you think the children could do such a thing ? Witness I could not say. The Clerk read out the evidence given by the police at the last Court, and asked Hopkins if he was still of the same opinion that the case should be tried by jury at Hereford ? Supt. Williams explained the time and trouble it would cause to the parents, and Hopkins elected that the children should be tried forthwith. Both young defendants pleaded not guilty and Herbert Hopkins said that Davis took the lamp, and then burst out crying. Hopkins said he did not believe the children had taken the things. He thought that Davis had been put up to saying what he had by the police. The Bench retired to consider the case, and on returning decided to give the children the I benefit of the doubt and dismissed the case.

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