HC Deb 13 April 1893 vol 11 cc195-6
MR. W. F. D. SMITH (Strand, Westminster)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that Sergeant Knight, of the "C" division of the Metropolitan Police, was a short time ago punished by Colonel Roberts, the Chief Constable, for entering a public-house and drinking a glass of beer when on duty; whether he will state if the punishment then inflicted, consisting of 10 days' stoppage of pay and four days' stoppage of leave, amounting in reality to a fine of £3 10s., is not largely in excess of the maximum penalty, as stated in the Regulations for the Force; and whether he will be able, taking into consideration the excellent character previously borne by Sergeant Knight, to remit part of the fine?


The sergeant most improperly left his duty and entered a public-house to obtain drink while in charge of the section; and in order to deceive the landlord, who would be liable to severe penalties for serving drink to a police officer on duty, he removed his armlet, and thereby made his offence more serious. The offence was, under the circumstances, deemed an aggravated case, which would have warranted a more severe punishment than that awarded; but in consideration of the officer's previous good character, a modified punishment was inflicted as stated in the hon. Member's question.