HC Deb 29 July 1889 vol 338 cc1573-4
MR. BEAUFOY (Lambeth, Kennington)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that a man was charged at Leman Street Police Station, on Friday, 19th July, with having assaulted a woman by dragging her to the ground by her hair and stabbing or attempting to stab her with a knife, but was subsequently discharged without any effort having been made to find the woman; and, whether, in consideration of the excitement and alarm caused by these outrages on women in Whitechapel, he will give instructions that all persons so charged shall be detained until full inquiry has been made?


Yes, Sir; my attention has been called to this case, which was an attempt by a woman to rob a sailor who had been drinking. The case does not belong to the category of outrages on women such as have taken place in Whitechapel, but was nothing but a stupid threat on the part of a drunken man. There is no occasion for me to give further instructions to the police. They do detain persons against whom charges are made until full inquiry has taken place.