Cab driver fined

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On this day in 1871 it was reported that Edwin Parkin, a cab driver, had been summoned for having moved too far away from his horse and carriage at a cab stand at St James’s Street, Portsea, Portsmouth.

The byelaw required cabbies to stay within 10ft of their vehicles, but Parkin was found by a police constable in a pub in Queen Street, 25 yards away. He was fined 15 shillings (75p) – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.