Drunk in Billingshurst - April 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

An incident that really harks back to a more genteel age, with the policeman concerned that ladies may be offended by the bad language.

“John Casey, of 23 King Street, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to being drunk in High Street, Billingshurst, on Monday but denied being disorderly.

“P.C. T. W. Bubb, stationed at Billingshurst, said that at 6.30pm when cycling through the village in plain clothes, he saw defendant in the High Street lying by the side of the road, with a crowd round him.

“Defendant was drunk and shouting about. Witness got him to his feet and tried to get him to go away but he refused and became abusive.

“They had a struggle on the ground and defendant tried to kick him, at the same time using such bad language that witness tried to keep a hand over his mouth as there were females around.

“Witness handcuffed him and got him conveyed to Horsham in a trap. Fined 10s in default seven days’ hard labour.”