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” Silent Riders.”

August 1929

Mexborough and Swinton Times, August 30, 1929

” Silent Riders.”

Thomas Webster, a Bolton-on-Dearne fitter, and George Hopkinson, a Thurnscoe butcher, were summoned at Doncaster on Tuesday for failing to give audible warning of approach when riding motor cycles at Thurnscoe at 11-50 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14.

It was stated that Webster rode out of Station Lane, Thurnscoe, and at the same time Hopkinson rode from Houghton Lane. Neither gave any warning. Hopkinson said he was on the main road and did not think it necessary; Webster said he thought he was alright. Hopkinson also said if he blew his hooter his light would go out.

Webster told the Bench he had two big headlights and did not think there was need for sounding the horn.

The Chairman: I do not think there is sufficient excuse for not giving proper warning.

Webster: I was on the proper side of the road.

Further police evidence was given, in which it appeared that the corner was most dangerous, and in the daytime a policeman was stationed there.

Each defendant was fined 15s.