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NEWENT POLICE COURT. I l YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). 1 Before Colonel Noel (in the ehair), Messrs H Drummond Deane Drummond, G L Acworth, T H Hulls, and J L Stelfox. POOR RATES. 1 The following poor rates were presented, and were signed by the Magistrates :-Newent 28 8d in the 4, Tibberton 21 6d, Corse 2s lOd, Kempley 25 8d, Tayton 2s 8d, Upleadon 23 4d and Pauatley 2s 8d. DANGEROUS MOTOR DRIVING. I Robert Spencer Ingram, of 19, Denbigh Gardens, Richmond, who did not appear, was summoned for driving a motor car to the danger of the public at Huntley on April 23. P.C. James Davey stated that at about 10.55 on the morning of April 23 he was on the Glouces- ter-road at Huntley, and saw a motor car coming from the direction of Ross. The distinguishing mark was SS 384. The car came round the bend of the road at 0 dangerous pace. Witness shouted to the driver (defendant), who was the only occu- pant of the car, as he heard no horn sounded, why he was driving at such a rate. Witness could not see the number of the car at the time, but defendant, after going about 150 yards, pulled up. Witness asked him for his license, which was produced, defendant's name being on it. Witness told defendant that he would have to report the matter aad defendant replied "I hope you will let it pass this time. But I suppose you have to do your daty. I shall not be able to appear as I shall be in town. You might tell them (the Magistrates) that I stopped when you shouted." Witness told him that he did not pull up immediately. Witness told him that he was driving too fast and defendant admitted that he was going about 30 miles an hour. Witness put the speed at between 40 and 50 miles an hour. William Harper, blacksmith, of Huntley, gave corroborative evidenoe, putting the speed at 30 or 35 miles an hour. Edward Dobbins, labourer, of Huntley, also gave evidence, and said that there were three people on the road at the time. He considered that the speed was dangerous to the public. The Clerk produced a letter from defendant, expressing his inability to attend. He admitted that he was exceeding the speed limit, but as it was a straight road he did not think the speed was dangerous. He hoped the Bench would take inte account the fact that he pulled up when the constable shouted to him. A fine of Xi and the costs JE1 6a was imposed. DISMISSED. I George Huggins, of Newent, was charged with a common assault upon Howard-Thos Taylor, at Kilcot, on April 28. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Prosecutor stated that on April 28 he was at Kilcot between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. He went to get a drink with some comrades. They sat outside on a bench. He had a few words with his uncle, and defendant heard his uncle say, The reason why your place was condemned was because your rent was not paid." Defendant said I have heard so much talk about you and yoor fighting, now I will see what you are like." Whilst witness was sitting on the bench defend- ant struck him two blows and gave him two black eyes. When witness got up off the seat defendant struck him two or three times, and told him that if he would go out into the road he would give him some more. The landlord came out and advised him to go home. The landlady refused to draw witness any drink. The Clerk: Why did defendant strike you ?— Witnass Well, he said to me Howard, you made. me pay X2 at Ross." That was three or four years ago. It was then that defendant struck me. Defendant: Nothing was said about it by me. In fact I was never fined £ 2 at Ross. In reply to the Clerk to the Magistrates, wit- ness said he never attempted to strike defendant at any time. Defendant stated to the Court on oath that he was at Kilcote Inn and prosecutor was there. An old man on the road came in and offered to sing. After the old gentleman had sung, prosecutor wanted to fight the old man and witness told him be ought to be ashamed of himself. Prosecutor threatened to strike his (prosecutor's) uncle. Witness again said to him he ought to be ashamed of himself. Prosecutor went up to wit- ness and struck at him and he pushed him away. Prosecutor went up to him to strike. him again and defendant struck him in self-defence. Henry Taylor, carpenter, stated he was at the Kilcote Inn and saw the parties in question there. Prosecutor went to the Inn drunk and the land- lord refused to serve him. An old man arrived and asked to be allowed to sing. The party consented and after the old man had sung, [trosecutor wanted to fight him and was asked to ?leave by the landlord. He did not go and after- wards he wanted to fight witness or anybody else. Defendant did not strike him hard. He fell when be was pushed. Prosecutor: How did I come with two black ef es ?—Why you fell over the form. The case was dismissed.