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Post Office (Mailbag Robberies)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many mailbag robberies have occurred during the 12 months to the latest convenient date; and to what extent recent measures to counteract raids by armed gangs have been successful.

The number of robberies as such is not available but, out of roughly 350 million bags in transit, 586 bags were recorded as missing during the 12 months ended 30th June, 1954. It is not possible to estimate the precise effects of our steadily increasing precautions. My hon. Friend may, however, have noticed that in recent months several mailbag robbers have been caught and sentenced by the courts.