Oral Answers to Questions — Shop Raid, Kensington.

– in the House of Commons on 11th December 1931.

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Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any arrest has yet been made in respect of the smash-and-grab robbery of a jeweller's shop in Kensington High Street in the middle of the day on 5th November, when the robbers escaped with their booty in a motor-car; how many similar robberies have since occurred; and whether he can now announce his decision as to whether the penalty attaching to such robberies should be increased in cases where they are effected with the assistance of a motor-car?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

No arrest has yet been made in the case referred to, since the date of which there have been in the Metropolitan Police District 10 other raids on jewellers' shops, and 26 on other shops, in many of which cars were used. There have been five arrests in these cases up to date. Such offences can already be met by sentences up to 14 years' penal servitude, and my right hon. Friend has no reason to believe that the Courts find that there is not enough scope for passing adequate sentences.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Do not the statistics show a tendency to an increase in this class of crime, and is not the way to meet that increase, not by inflicting heavy sentences, but by seeing that the people of this country are decently cared for and have no need to do this kind of thing?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

The fact is that taking the year as a whole this class of crime has shown a decrease.