Rushden Argus, 3rd May 1912
At Wellingborough Police Court
John Willmott, dairyman, Rushden, was summoned by Inspector Comber, R.S.P.C.A., for cruelty to a pony, by working the same in an unfit state at Rushden on April 25th.—Defendant said the pony had a little place on its back.—P.S. Brumby said he saw defendant driving a pony attached to a milk float. He saw that the pony was in pain, asked defendant what was the matter. He said, “Nothing that I know of.” Witness lifted the saddle and saw an old wound 2in. across, which was bleeding. In reply to witness, defendant said, “Yes, I knew it was there, but a bit of a place like that won’t hurt it.” Defendant treated the matter with great indifference.—Inspector Comber, R.S.P.C.A., said the wound was one that must have caused the animal much pain.—The Chairman said the action of defendant was most inconsiderate. They must protect the animals. The horse being in good condition beyond the sore complained of, the Bench took a lenient view of the case.—Fined £1 and 62. Costs.
Robert Hooper, ice-cream vendor, Rushden, was summoned for a breach of the Highway Act by allowing an ass to stray on the public highway at Rushden on April 26th.—After defendant had made a statement in self-defence, Supt. McLeod said the police had had numerous complaints concerning the donkey.—Fined 5s. and costs.
Register Not Kept
Charles E. Knight, farmer, Rushden, was summoned for a breach of the Swine Fever Order of 1911 by not keeping his register correctly entered up, on the 20th January, at Rushden.—Defendant did not appear.—Arthur William Essam, of Upper Queen-street, Rushden, said on the date in question he assisted to take the sow to Mr. Knight’s place.—P.S. Avory said on January 20th he visited Mr. Knight’s premises, and found no entry on the register of the sow being taken there that day. Defendant’s father said he left the matter entirely to his son.—Fined 10s. and 10s.2d costs.—Defendant’s son paid the money.
Taste for Finery
Two young Rushden girls were charged with stealing two ladies waistbelts, value 6d., the property of John Henry York, draper, Rushden, at that place, on April 20th.—Prosecutor gave evidence as to losing the goods.—May Williams, an assistant of prosecutor’s, could not say whether any of the belts were missing.—P.S. Avory said that the defendants, in reply to the charge said, “I took two of the belts off the string in Mr. York’s shop and gave one to my sister Elsie. We put the belts on and wore them during the afternoon. We took them home and told mother we had bought them. She said she did not believe us and took both belts away and burned them.” The mother afterwards admitted that she had burned the belts.—The elder defendant, who had been before the Court previously, on the application of the Church of England Temperance Society Police Court missioner (Mr. J. W. Holliday), was sent to the Leicester Refuge Home for two years, and it was decided not to proceed with the case against the younger defendant.