Fiver fine for mother of drunken four-year-old

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PC Francis Cross was on duty in Great Southsea Street when he noticed a woman dragging a small child along the pavement.

He walked with them to their home in Little Southsea Street, a respectable area, where he established that both mother and daughter were drunk.

The child, aged four, had lost the use of her legs and her eyes were glassy.

On this day in 1913 the chairman of the magistrates told Helena Lewis that ‘it was a sad thing to see a young mother like her in such a position’, advised her to give up drink and was bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for three months – John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.