Men caught gambling on Harlow Common

History / Wed 25th Oct 2017 at 08:12am

Harlow Common

YOU can’t beat a walk down memory lane. We came across this crime report from 103 years ago….

This day – 25th October 1914 – Harlow Common: William Cook, Joseph Upton, Frank Cordell, Herbert Smith, William Hoy, Fredk. Brown, James Latchford, Thomas Baldock, Charles and George Thompson, all labourers, were summoned for gaming with cards and coins in a public place.

Only Latchford and George Thompson (two of the youngest) appeared in court and they said they were just watching. PC Gamble said he saw them all sitting in a heap under a hedge near White Cottages, Harlow Common on Sunday afternoon. They were playing cards and as he rushed up to them, the majority ran away. He picked up some cards in 5d in money.

He had previously cautioned these men for playing cards and had received several complaints about them. The Chairman addressed Latchford and Thompson, remarking that they were the youngest of the delinquents, and said the Magistrates were sorry to see them behaving in this way, especially on a Sunday.

As they had turned up in court, they would be treated leniently and fined 1s each but must understand that if they were brought there again they would be dealt with more severely. “It was a very improper thing this gambling on Sunday afternoons and they ought to be better employed.” The others would be fined 2s 6d each.

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