§ Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the growing practice of gangs working the three-card trick in Petticoat Lane and Club Row on Sunday mornings; how many were arrested for this offence on Sunday, 28th June; what action he is taking to increase the number of plain clothes detectives in this area; and what further action he proposes to take to stop this practice.
§ Mr. Brooke
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that on 28th June there were no arrests for this offence in the area mentioned, although 60 persons have been arrested for street gaming there since the beginning of the year. The Commissioner considers that the number of plain clothes detectives in this area is sufficient, but he will continue to pay special attention to the problem of street gaming in the area.