Mercury and Herald Thursday 14th April 1949, transcribed by Susan Manton
Excess Milk Brings Fine of £35
“The Bench are tied to some extent on the penalty because there must not be a profit made out of the transaction” said Mr. R.D. Pendered (chairman) at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court announcing a fine of £35 plus £6 6s advocate’s fee when Leslie Frederick Collins, milk retailer, 125 Cromwell Road, Rushden, was summoned for selling milk contrary to the Milk (Control) and Maximum Prices Order at Rushden between October 2nd and December 25th 1948.
Mr. L.F. Hales (Messrs. Toller Son and Hales, Kettering) defended Collins, who pleaded not guilty.
Captain J.S. Parker (Messrs. J.T. Parker and Son, Wellingborough) who prosecuted for the Ministry of Food, said defendant had permit allowing him to purchase from a wholesaler 134 gallons of milk a week, but it was alleged that he obtained milk in excess of this amount. The estimated profit from the excess milk sold was £41 13s 6d.
When he was interviewed, defendant said he had pneumonia and the business had to be carried on by his wife and son. He was sorry for what had happened.
James William Thorpe, regional milk inspector, 101, South Knighley Road, Leicester, gave evidence and in cross-examination agreed that the permits were in favour of Mr. F. Collins, 196 Wellingborough Road, Rushden. He was not aware he died on May 8th 1947.
Kathleen Cobb, a Wellingborough food office clerk, said no notification was received that Mr. F. Collins had died.
Answering Mr. Hales, witness said she was not employed on the job until August 1948.
Pointing out that his submission did not refer to matters he had brought before the court, Mr. Hales submitted that the paragraph under which the summons had been taken out did not permit of any penalty.
Capt. Parker did not call any evidence and said the food office was acquainted of the death of Mr. Collins’s father although the food office apparently did not mind licences being issued in the name of a dead man. At the time of the alleged offences his client was seriously ill and he regretted what had occurred.