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1942: Immobilising switch not acceptable

Updated: Dec 9, 2023


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William Edward Baker, Queen's Drive, Hassocks, pleaded not guilty to failing to immobilize an unattended motor-car in Church Street, Cuckfield, on the evening of October 8, but admitted parking the car on the wrong side of the road.

PC Wheatley said the rotor arm had not been removed. Defendant told the Bench that the car had been immobilized by a hidden switch - a device which short-circuited the coil. Mr FG Stevens (Acting Clerk): There are ingenious people about who have sorts of inventions for immobilizing cars, but these don't comply with the law.

The Chairman said the Bench were prepared to believe that defendant had done what he thought was best and the summons for jailing to immobilize would be dismissed on the payment of costs. On the other summons would be lined 10s.

Mid Sussex Times, 28 October 1942

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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