May 9, 1952

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

First published in Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Nostalgia Editor

A stone flew from a catapult fired on the Oxhey estate, shattering a pane of glass in a telephone kiosk, and cutting the face of a woman inside.

A boy told Watford Magistrates on Friday that he had been demonstrating the powers of the catapult and aiming it at a nearby tree, when the catapult misfired.

“We accept your explanation,” said Mrs A Wheelwright (chairman), “but I should give up catapults. They do a lot of damage in the town.”

The boy was discharged but ordered to pay 5s. costs.

[From the Watford Observer of May 9, 1952]

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