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Motor Car Offences

17.9.1918 offences

At Bideford Borough Sessions yesterday before the Mayor, Mr A R Adams, in the chair, and Messrs J Heywood, G Boyle, J Cock, G W Vincent and T Pollard, Claude Wise, a youth of Westward Ho! and W J Pursey, Westward Ho! for causing petrol to be used contrary to the Petrol Restriction Orders.
PC Philpott spoke to stopping a car belonging to Mr Pursey and driven by Wise, who he asked if he was driving on business or pleasure. He replied that he had been for a dance. Witness afterwards saw Mr Pursey, who said he took the order from Mrs Cecil Smith and did not ask whether it was for business or pleasure - Mr Pursey informed the Bench that he took the order quite innocently, but saw now that he had broken the law. A fine of 3s was imposed and the driver’s license endorsed.
Chas. Bale, Bideford, was summoned under Bideford Towns Police Clauses Act, before Messrs G W Vincent and G Boyle, for putting a car on the Stand for which he had not taken out a hackney carriage license, and pleaded guilty. PS Doidge stated in evidence that defendant had been repeatedly spoken to about the matter but had taken no notice. Fined 6s.

Gazette article dated 17 September 1918

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