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Furious driving at Quorn - 1899

Loughborough Herald - 13th July 1899

Wednesday – Before Rev R Burton (in the chair), the Mayor (Ald H Coltman), J S Smith, and J G Shields, Esqrs.

James Woodforth, joiner, Quorn, pleaded not guilty to driving furiously at Loughborough, on the 3rd inst.

PC Clements stated that about seven o’clock on the evening in question, defendant drove furiously up the Leicester Road, and when against the Wesleyan Chapel, several people had a narrow escape. He did not slacken his pace, which was about 13 miles an hour. PC Thornton corroborated.

William James Nicholson, bricklayer, said that in his opinion defendant was going at the rate of 12 or 13 miles per hour. The horse was galloping.

By the defendant: Witness saw him hit the horse twice.
By the bench: Defendant did not attempt to pull up, and children had to jump out of the way. Defendant denied that he had either whip or stock in his cart. He denied furious driving, and declared he never struck the horse. The Chairman invited defendant to give evidence on oath if he so wished, but defendant did not do so. He however, declared he was innocent.

The Chairman said in the face of the evidence they could help but convict. They thought that perhaps there had been a little exaggeration as to the pace the defendant was going, but there seemed to be no doubt he was going too fast; on the other hand, when defendant stated that he had no stock or whip, and that he was going only four miles an hour, they thought that that was a breach of truth. As defendant was a respectable man, and had never appeared there before, they would, however, take a lenient view of the case, and he would be fined 15s or seven days’ hard labour.

 Submitted on: 2012-07-03
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1624
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