Frederick Reading, a cooper living at Stapenhill, was summoned for riding a tricycle without having a lamp attached to it at midnight on the 18th May at Winshill. The Bench dismissed the summons, on the grounds that in the Act of Parliament, tricycles were not included as being obliged to carry lamps. C L Mosley said it was a very narrow point of law but they had come to the conclusion that it would not be wise to convict. – Defendant, who appeared much surprised at this result of the case, then left the court.
The Derby Mercury, June 16, 1880