Under common law it is the duty of members of the public to help a constable in preventing or dealing with a breach of the peace when called upon to do so. The support of the public is at all times essential to the police, and quite apart from possible breaches of the peace, the public can help the police in a very practical way by reporting anything suspicious and by taking precautions to safeguard their own property.
I am sure that the House is grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that reply. Will he bear in mind that members of the public would often like to help but are not quite sure how they can? Will he keep this subject continually under review? He will recall the great interest that the Lord Mayor of Bristol has been taking in the subject.