Landlord in dock for serving alcohol to
on duty policeman

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1914 court

At the Borough Police Court before the Mayor (Mr CC Graham), Mr G Rowntree, Mr J Sinfield, and Mr AJTugwell, Lionel Cuthbert Charlwood, Alma Parade Inn, was summoned that being the holder of a justices’ licence for the sale of intoxication liquor by retail in his house and premises, known as the Alma Parade Inn, unlawfully supplied liquor to a constable on duty without the authority of some superior officer of the constable on July 3rd, 1914.

Mr Tasker Hart, solicitor, appeared on behalf of the defendant, who pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Constable, in outlining the case said that it would appear from the evidence that at 10 o’clock in the evening on July 3rd, PC Pattrick was paraded for duty and proceeded along Victoria Road to take up his beat at the corner of Alma Parade. It was found later that he was under the influence of drink, and on the morning of July 4th Inspector Mansfield went to make inquiries in the locality as to where the liquor had been served, and in the course of inquiries went to the Alma Parade Inn at about 1.40pm and there saw the defendant, and he said to him: “Did PC Pattrick call at your house last night?” and he said “Yes.”

The Inspector asked: “What time would that be?” and he replied, “About eight o’clock.”

The Inspector then said: “Would it not be later?” he replied, “I don’t know what time it was. I know I was busy. “

He came to the side door; he was in uniform and defendant asked him what he wanted, and he said “A pint of ale”. Defendant asked him if he was on duty, he did not hear him reply, as he was so busy, and he supplied him. He then went away.

Mr Hart: You are aware he (defendant) has kept the house for something like a year, and the house has been well conducted?

The Inspector: Very well sir.

Mr Hart: When you saw him on Saturday, he gave this information quite frankly, and so far in your opinion perfectly honest? – Yes sir.

Did he not tell you at the time that Pattrick was not on duty? – No sir.

The Chief Constable: Is it all in the bounds of probability that Pattrick would not be in uniform at 8 o’clock?

Witness replied that it was not.

PC Collins (a new constable) said that on the night of July 3rd he paraded for duty at 9.45 in the evening and accompanied PC Pattrick to learn the beat with him, and proceeded on Victoria Road as far as Alma Parade, and when they got there he said something to witness. He then saw Pattrick go up Alma Parade. He was away two or three minutes. PC Pattrick, in the witness box, said he paraded for duty at 9.30pm.

The Chief Constable questioned him, and in reply he said on this particular night he did not know whether he went out before ten. He called for the beat at “9.10”, which included the district in Victoria Road. He marched with the section up Victoria Road and fell out near Alma Parade.

The Chief Constable: You might have done? (a pause). Did you? – Witness, after a further pause, replied, “Yes.”

The Chief Constable: Very well, you say you did. When you fell out of Alma Parade was PC Collins with you?

Witness could not say.

The Chief Constable: As soon as the sergeant had gone with the remainder of the men did you commence working the beat? – I could not say.

The Chief Constable: Did you go to the Alma Parade Inn? – I might have done.

The Chief Constable: You have apparently no recollection at all of what took place after 9.30? – No sir.

After retiring to consider their decision, the chairman, on their return, said the magistrates had given very careful consideration to this charge. The upshot of the matter was that they did not think the evidence sufficiently definite to make a conviction. Therefore the case was dismissed.