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1910: Unwelcome Cuckfield visitor 'well known' for drunk and disorderly behaviour

Brighton Gazette - Saturday 27 August 1910


A Hove Visitor to Cuckfield.

William Hobbs, of Shakespeare-street, Hove, was charged at Haywards Heath Police Court on Wednesday, with being drunk and disorderly at Cuckfield on 23rd August.

—" Not drunk, but upset," was the plea of prisoner.

Cuckfield High Street c1900

—P.C. Day (Cuckfield) said he saw Prisoner in High-street. He was drunk, with jacket, waistcoat, and cap off, sleeves rolled up, shouting and swearing very much indeed. There were many people about, and some were no doubt frightened to go by him. He had received numerous complaints about prisoner's conduct. Prisoner said he was much upset. He "stood" a man a pot of beer, and he ran off with the change, 5d. That upset him. As to swearing, he did all he could to check it, and if he heard anyone swearing, he always told them to leave off.

—The Clerk (Mr. E. J. Waugh) then read out a list of 26 convictions. Superintendent Brooman remarked that the list only represented Hove and Brighton.

Prisoner's statement that he was well known in different parts of the county was only too true: they knew him too well.

—The Magistrate said prisoner seemed incorrigible, and the language attributed to him was perfectly disgraceful. The maximum sentence, 28 days' hard labour, would be inflicted on prisoner.



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