June 18, 1914, Luton News

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In the calm before the storm, the people of Luton carried on unaware of what was to hit the nation in just seven weeks time.

Selina Waterworth was before Luton magistrates charged with using language contrary to bylaws. Elizabeth Peck claimed Selina had called her a ’a dirty cat’ and much worse.

Selina admitted the cat slur but denied the rest. Dismissing the case the court clerk told her she had no right to call someone a dirty cat!

There was a full page report of the opening of the new Prudential Insurance building in Upper George Street.

The rural district council heard of complaints from Leagrave residents regarding smells from sewage at Leagrave Hall. Two residents said they had been made ill with the odours.

The council surveyor and medical officer told the council the site had been insoected twice and there was no cause for concern.

Frederick Bunnage and Elizabeth Phillips of Hitchin Road, Luton, were prosecuted by the NSPCC for neglect of their eight children.

The court heard the couple had got together after their respective spouses had left, but while Mrs Phillips worked hard to care for her six children, Bunnage neglected his only child and the child he had with Mrs Phillips.

Mrs Phillips’ children, who had spent some time in the workhouse, were found to be clean but undernourished, but Bunnage’s 14 year old son William, who worked, but had to hand all his earnings to his father, was weak and undernourished.

The NSPCC inspector described Bunnage as a drunk and lazy.

Bunnage was sentenced to one month’s hard labour and the case against Mrs Phillips was dismissed.