§ MR. DIXON-HARTLAND (Middlesex, Uxbridge)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If any investigation has taken place as to the robbery at the Charterhouse Street Post 1486 Office; and, how the police, when a hole existed in the shutters and the gas was alight, could have allowed a large safe to be removed and a meal enjoyed in the office?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
I have received a Report from the Commissioner of Police as to this robbery; and he informs me that there is no shutter at this Post Office, but a boarding so high that only a tall man can see over it, and there is no hole in it. The safe was removed by the thieves from the front office into the back, and the meal was enjoyed not in view of the street, but down in the basement. My hon. Friend must bear in mind that it is impossible for a constable on his beat to keep observation on one house; but the practice of keeping gas alight and having holes in the shutters is of great aid to the police.