§ 75. Mr. Thorne
asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information in connection with a grocer's van that was stolen on Tuesday, 7th January, at Kentish Town, in which was £400 worth of food; and whether the car was immobilised?
§ Mr. Peake
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that the theft of the van in question occurred at Clapton. The value of the groceries was stated to be £180. According to the statement made by the owner of the car, the doors had been locked and the ignition key removed, but the further steps required by the Order in the case of vehicles left unattended during the hours of darkness had not been taken.
§ 76. Mr. Thorne
asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information about a black leather brief case containing Government documents which was stolen from a car in Conduit Street on Wednesday, 8th January; and whether the car was immobilised?
§ Mr. Peake
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that the car in question belonged to an employé of a private firm and contained certain confidential documents relating to transactions with a Government Department. According to the man's own statement, the car was locked at the time of the theft. The car was not removed, and it would appear that the door was forced open.