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The following are the Sections. 28, 29, 30 & 31, from the Town’s Police Clauses Act, (10 & 11 Vict., c. 89,) and are (inter alia) incorporated with the Local Government Act, 1858, by the 44th section.

Penalty on person’s committing any of the offences herein named.

28.â€" Every person who in any street to the obstruction, annoyance, or danger of the residents or passengers, commits any of the following offences shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings for each offence, or in the discretion of the justices before whom he is convicted, may be committed to prison, there to remain for a period not exceeding fourteen days; and any constable or other officer appointed by virtue of the special Act, shall take into custody, without warrant, and forthwith convey before a justice, any person who within his view commits any such offence (that is to say)â€"

Every person who exposes for show, hire or sale, (except in a Market, or Market Place, or Fair lawfully appointed for that purpose,) any horse or other animal, or exhibits in a caravan, or otherwise, any show or public entertainment, or shoes, bleeds, or farries any horse or animal, (except in case of accident) or cleans, dresses, exercises, trains, or breaks, or turns loose any horse, or animal or makes or repairs any part of any cart or carriage, (except in cases of accident, where repair on the spot is necessary.)

Every person who suffers to be at large any unmuzzled ferocious dog ; or sets on or urges any dog or other animal, to attack, worry, or put in fear any person or animal.

Every owner of any dog, who suffers such dog to go at large, knowing or having reasonable ground for believing it to be in a rabid state, or to have been bitten by any dog or other animal in a rabid state.

Every person who after public notice given by any justice, directing dogs to be confined on account of suspicion of canine madness, suffers any dog to be at large during the time specified in such notice.

Every person who slaughters or dresses any cattle, or any part thereof, except in the case of any cattle which may have met with any accident, and which for the public safety or other reasonable cause ought to be killed on the spot.

Every person having the care of any wagon, cart, or carriage, who rides on the shafts thereof, or who without having reins and holding the same, rides upon such wagon, cart, or carriage, or on any animal drawing the same, or who is at such distance from such wagon, cart, or carriage, as not to have due control over every animal drawing the same, or who does not in meeting any other carriage keep his wagon, cart, or carriage on the left or near side, or who in passing any other carriage does not keep his wagon, cart, or carriage on the right or off-side of the road, (except in cases of actual necessity or some sufficient reason for deviation,) or who by obstructing the street wilfully prevents any person or carriage from passing him, or any wagon, cart, or carriage under his care.

Every person who at one time drives more than two carts or wagons, and every person driving two carts or wagons who has not the halter of the horse in the last cart or wagon securely fastened to the back of the first cart or wagon, or has such halter of a greater length from such fastening to the horse’s head than four feet.

Every person who rides or drives furiously any horse or carriage or drives furiously any cattle.

Every person who causes any public carriage, sledge, trunk, or barrow, with or without horses or any beast of burden, to stand longer than is necessary for loading or unloading goods, or for taking up or setting down passengers, (except hackney carriages and horses and other beasts of draught or burden standing for hire in any place appointed for that purpose by he Commissioners or other lawful authority.) and every person who by means of any cart, carriage, sledge, truck, or harrow, or any barrow or other means, wilfully interrupts any public crossing or wilfully causes any obstruction in any public footpath or other public thoroughfare.

Every person who causes any tree, or timber, or iron beam to be drawn in or upon any carriage without having sufficient means of guiding the same.

Every person who leads or rides any horse or other animal, or draws or drives any cart, or carriage, sledge, truck, or barrow, upon any footway of any street, or fastens any horse or other animal so that it stands across or upon any footway.

Every person who places or leaves any furniture, goods, wares, or merchandise, or any cask, tub, basket, pail, or bucket, or places or uses any standing place, stool, bench, stall, or show board, on any footway, or who places any blind, shade, covering, awning or other projection over or along any such footway, unless such blind, shade, covering, awning, or other projection is eight feet in height at least in every part thereof from the ground.

Every person who places, hangs up, or otherwise exposes for sale any goods, wares, merchandise, matter, or thing whatsoever, so that the same project into or over any footway, or beyond the line of any house, shop, or building, at which the same are so exposed so as to obstruct or incommode the passage of any person over and along such footway.

Every person who rolls or carries any cask, tub, hoop, or wheel, or any ladder, plank, pole, timber, log of wood, upon any footway except for the purpose of loading or unloading any cart or carriage or of crossing the footway.

Every person who places any line, cord, or pole across any street, or hangs or places any clothes thereon.

Every common prostitute or night walker loitering or importuning passengers for the purpose of prostitution.

Every person who willingly or indecently exposes his person.

Every person who publicly offers for sale or distribution, or exhibits to public view any profane, indecent, or obscene book, paper, print, drawing, painting, or representation, or sings any profane or obscene song or ballet, or uses any profane or obscene 1anguage.

Every person who wantonly discharges any firearm, or throws or discharges any stone or other missile, or makes any bonfire or throws or sets fire to any fire work.

Every person who wilfully and wantonly disturbs any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any door bell, or knocking at an door, arid who wilfully and unlawfully extinguishes the light of any lamp.

Every person who flies any kite or who makes or uses any slide upon ice or snow.

Every person who cleanses, hoops, fires, washes, or scalds any cask or tub, or hews, saws, bores, or cuts any timber or stone, or slacks, sifts, or screens any lime.

Every person who throws or lays down any stones, coal, slate, shells, lime, bricks, timber, iron or other materials, (except building materials so enclosed as to prevent mischief to passengers).

Every person who beats or shakes any carpet, rug, or mat, (except door mats, beaten or shaken before the hour of eight in the morning.)

Every person who fills or places any flower pot, or box, or other heavy article in any upper window, without sufficiently guarding the same against being blown down.

Every person who throws from the roof or any part of any house or other building, any slate, brick, wood, rubbish, or other thing (except snow thrown so as not to fall on any passenger).

Every occupier of any house or other building who orders or permits any person in his service to stand on the sill of any window in order to clean, paint or perform any other operation upon the outside of such window, or upon any house or other building within the said limits, unless such window be in the sunk or basement storey.

Every person who breaks open any vault or cellar, or the entrance from any street to any cellar or room underground, without a sufficient fence or hand rail, or leaves defective the door, window, or other covering of any vault or cellar, or who does not sufficiently fence any area, pit, or sewer left open, or who leaves such open area, pit, or sewer, without a sufficient light after sunset, to warn and prevent persons from falling there into.

Every person who throws or lays any dirt, litter, or ashes, or night-soil, or any carrion, fish, offal, or rubbish, on any street, or causes any offensive matter to run from any manufactory, brewery, slaughter-house, butcher’s shop, or dunghill, into any street: provided always that it shall not be deemed an offence to lay sand or other materials in any street in the time of frost to prevent accidents, or litter, or other suitable materials to prevent the freezing of water in pipes, or in case of sickness to prevent noise, if the party laying any such things causes them to be removed as soon as the occasion for them ceases.

Every person who keeps any pig sty to the front of any street, not being shut out from such street by a sufficient wall or fence, or who keeps any swine in or near any street, so as to be a common nuisance.

Penalty on persons, &‘c., guilty of riotous or indecent behaviour.

29.â€" Every person drunk in any street, or guilty of any riotous or indecent behaviour therein, and also every person guilty of any violent or indecent behaviour in any police office, or any police station house within the limits of the special Act, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings for every such offence, or in the discretion of the Justice before whom he is convicted to imprisonment for a period not exceeding seven days.

Penalty for setting Chimneys wilfully on fire.

30. â€" Every person who wilfully sets or causes to he set on fire any chimney within the limits of the special Act, (the District of the Local Board,) shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding five pounds. Provided always that nothing herein contained shall exempt the person so setting or causing to be set on fire any chimney, from liability to be indicted for felony.

Penalty for accidentally allowing Chimneys to catch fire.

31. â€" If any chimney accidentally catch or be on fire within the said limits, the person occupying or using the premises in which such chimney is situated shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding ten shillings. Provided always that such forfeiture shall not be incurred if such person prove to the satisfaction of the Justice before whom the case is heard, that such fire was in no wise owing to omission, neglect, or carelessness of himself or servant.