Pony was galloped on crowded Foreshore

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1913 Police Court

At the Scarborough Police Court this morning, before Alderman Pirie (presiding) and other magistrates, Geo. Taylor (25), 157, West View, South Kirkby, Hemsworth, was charged with having furiously ridden a pony to the danger of the public on the South Foreshore Road this morning.

PC Roper had seen defendant riding along the Foreshore at a rate of about 12 to 14 miles an hour, when he was on duty there. He had been making it go as fast as he could, the Foreshore being crowded at the time.

PC Moore spoke as to having cautioned defendant, and corroborated the evidence of PC Roper.

Thos. Elliott, the owner of the horses, said he had told the defendant he must not gallop and had shown him a board warning people against riding furiously. He had lent defendant a cane to make the horse go a little faster, as he could not get it to go beyond a walking pace. He had not expected he would allow it to gallop.

In his statement to the Bench defendant said he had never been on a pony before. He had been proceeding slowly along the Foreshore, and was going up a hill when a small boy on a pony, behind, caught up to him, and when they got on to the level the other pony set off at a gallop, his pony following its lead. He denied that Elliott had cautioned him at all.

The Chief Constable told the Bench that defendant being a visitor to Scarborough that day, he had thought it better to have the case dealt with that morning, rather than trouble him to come again.

Defendant: It is the first time I have been to the seaside and I think it will be the last.

The Chairman announced that the Bench desired to deal very leniently with defendant.

It must be understood, however, that horses must not be allowed to gallop along the Foreshore. “I hope this will be a warning to you and to others too,” he continued. “You will be fined 5s, including costs, which is a very lenient 
sentence.”

Defendant, who paid the fine, said “It ought never to be allowed, pony driving, in this place. With trippers being here it is a danger.”

The Chairman to Elliott: You ought not to let people have sticks.

The Chief Constable: “It is useless talking to them (meaning the owners of the horses). I shall have to take proceedings against them.” Proceeding, he said, “These are the people that are to blame.

“I think they will have to be prosecuted. That is the only way to caution them.

“I have a certain amount of sympathy with these young fellows.”