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1905: Well known offender back in court for misbehaving at the Burrell Arms

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 10 October 1905

Old Offender Sent to Prison—Haywards Heath. 


SATURDAY. Before Major Maberly (in the chair) and Major- General Leigh Pemberton, C.B. 


Thomas Light, a well-known character, of Horsham, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and also with refusing to quit licensed premises, at Haywards Heath, on Friday.


—Prisoner pleaded guilty.


—William Card, landlord of the “Burrell Arms,” Haywards Heath, stated that at about 5.30 o’clock on the previous evening prisoner came to his house and wanted some beer, but witness refused to serve him, as he had had enough. Witness two or three times requested prisoner to leave, but he declared that he would not go till he had had some beer, and witness had to eject him.


Burrell Arms c1900 (colourised)

—P.C. Farrow stated that at 6.15 p.m., in consequence of complaint, he went to Commercial Square, and saw prisoner, who was drunk, standing on the pavement beside the “Burrell Arms.” There was a crowd around him, and large basket, and bunches of watercress strewn about the road and pavement. Prisoner, when asked what was the matter, said I have been chucked out here.” He was abusive. Witness requested him to go away, and he did so, but returned again and molested people. Prisoner was very violent and struggled with witness, who had to throw him twice. 


With the assistance of two people, witness handcuffed him, and took him to the police station, prisoner struggling violently on the wav.


— Prisoner, who had nothing to say, had dozen more previous convictions against him, dating from 1883.


—For refusing to quit he was fined £3 and costs, or month s hard labour, and for being drunk and disorderly he was sentenced to a month’s hard labour without the option of a fine.


—Prisoner said he had  nomoney, and it was stated that the sentences would run consecutively.

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