HC Deb 08 April 1937 vol 322 cc339-40
37. Sir P. Harris

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of a mother in Burton-on-Trent, charged with receiving stolen milk cheques, valued at a few pence, obtained by her 11 year old son, and who was sent to prison for 21 days; and whether, in view of the fact that she is a mother of six children and that her husband had been out of work for two years, he will consider remitting the sentence?

Sir J. Simon

My attention had not previously been drawn to this case, but on inquiry I find that on 25th March the woman in question pleaded guilty to two charges of receiving milk checks which had been stolen by her small boy, and that a further 20 charges involving 46 milk checks were also admitted by her and taken into consideration when sentence was passed. I am informed that these offences were committed during February and March at a time when her husband and eldest son were both in

Persons proceeded against. Charge withdrawn or dismissed.*
Metropolitan Police District 3,762 1,264
Rest of England and Wales 1,115 259
Total 4,877 1,523
Metropolitan Police District 2,714 1,001 Provisional figures.
Rest of England and Wales 1,026 217
Total 3,740 1,218
* The figures in this column do not include cases in which the Court found the charge proved but decided to dismiss it under Section 1 of the Probation of Offenders Act, 1907

40. Mr. Thurtle

asked ale Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to state the result of his inquiries into the case of the wrongful arrest of Mr. Alfred Henry Lane, of Shoreditch; and what action, if any, he proposes to take?

regular employment; that there are a number of centres where she could, if necessary, have obtained milk free of charge for her children; and that as a result of the thefts innocent persons had come under suspicion. This women has now served a fortnight of her sentence, and in view of this I am communicating with the magistrates as to the remainder.

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