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Tuesday 21 August 1917 – Illegal sale of horse at Evesham

Category World War I: The Home Front
Birmingham Daily Post
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At Evesham yesterday, William James Jones, market gardener, Wickhamford, Evesham, was summoned under the Defence of the Realm Regulations for illegally selling a horse on July 30 without the authority or license of the Board of Agriculture, and James Randle, horse dealer, Evesham, was summoned for illegally purchasing the animal.

For the defence it was contended that the regulation only applied to agricultural work, and the horse, which was sold for £65, was not strong enough for ploughing.  Jones said he did not think gardeners came under the regulation.  Randle said the horse was a cob which he bought for the South Wales coal pits, but sold to a man in the district, who was in need of a horse.

This was the first case of the kind at Evesham, and defendants were fined 10s each.