HC Deb 16 March 1938 vol 333 cc390-1
12. Mr. Thorne

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can give any information in connection with the stolen metal from Portsmouth dockyard and what kind of metal was stolen?

Lieut.-Colonel Llewellin

On Monday, 7th March, 1938, on the coppersmith's shop at Portsmouth Dockyard being opened for the commencement of work, it was discovered that during the weekend several gunmetal bearings and a number of brazing sticks had been removed from the shop. The matter was immediately placed in the hands of the Dockyard Police and investigations were made in close co-operation with the Portsmouth city police, and, on 10th March, the whole of the lost metal was discovered buried in the Farlington Marshes just outside Portsmouth. Since then two men have been arrested in connection with the theft, and were brought before the Justices at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, on Saturday, 12th March. They have been remanded in custody.