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Crimes Of Violence (London Black-Out)
14 October 1943
Volume 392

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asked the Home Secretary how many complaints have been received by the police of crimes of violence in London during the black-out during the past 12 months; how many convictions have been obtained; arid in how many cases have the offenders been flogged?

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196 cases of robbery or assault with intent to rob during the hours of darkness were reported in the Metropolitan Police District in the 12 months ended 31st August, 1943. 52 of these reported offences occurred in some house or building and not in the street. 86 cases were cleared up, 155 persons having been charged in connection with the crimes. 108 of the persons concerned were found guilty and in two cases the offenders were ordered to be birched.

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Has special attention been given to the number of brutal assaults upon elderly persons?

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Very careful attention is given to all aspects of this matter, and, of course, that would be a particularly objectionable kind of assault. I can assure my hon. Friend that we are doing everything that we can, but obviously the situation is difficult.

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Is this crime on the increase?

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I should need notice of that question.