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FLINTSHIRE STANDING JOINT POLICE COMMITTEE. ♦ SUPPLYING CHILDREN WITH DRINK. I The quarterly meeting of the Flintshire Standing Joint Police Committee was held at the Town Hall, Rhyl, on Thursday. There were present Colonel Mesham (in the chair), Sir W. Grenville Williams, Bart., Messrs. P. P. Pennant, H. V. Kyrke, Hugh Davies, R. Ll. Jones, J. Bellis, G. A. Parry, J. Watkinson, Robert Jones, Dr. Humphrey Williams, &c.- Major Webber (Chief Constable) reported that during the quarter there were 24 indictable offences reported, for which 15 persons were apprehended, and fire proceeded against by summons. Four cases were undetected. Two hundred and twelve persons had been proceeded against for non-indictable offences, of whom 116 were convicted, 42 discharged, one sent to the Industrial School ship Clio, one delivered to the army, and two withdrawn. Of the 116 persons convicted, 20 were for assaults, 31 under the Elementary Education Act, 50 for drunkenness, and eight for offences against the poor-laws. For offences under the Licensing Acts there was only one beerhouse keeper proceeded against and convicted. There had been a slight decrease in the number of convictions for drunkenness as compared with the previous quarter. In reply to Mr. P. P. Pennant, the Chief Constable said that the number of convictions for June, 1896, was 26 in June, 1897, the number was 50.—Mr. Pen- nant: It is a Jubilee increase, then ? (Laughter.)—The Chief Constable: I should say it is a prosperity increase. (Laughter.)— The Clerk (Mr. Kelly) drew attention to a reso- lution passed by the Cheshire Standing Joint Police Committee, disapproving of the practice of publicans supplying drink to children of tender years.—Mr. R. D. Jones said he was very glad that Mr. Kelly bad mentioned this matter, inasmuch as he had intended to move a resolu- tion with respect to it. In view of what was taking place all over the country, he thought they ought to ask the magistrates at the ensuing Licensing Sessions to warn publicans not to supply children under 13 years of age, otherwise they might refuse to renew the licences at the next sessions.—The Clerk said that that would be going too far.—Mr. R. D. Jones: I simply put it that they may refuse the renewal, not that they necessarily will.—The Chairman said there was no doubt a great amount of harm done in sending children of tender years to public-houses for intoxicating liquors. Any- one who read the accounts of what took place in the large towns must be convinced of that fact.—Mr. R. D. Jones proposed That the magistrates be requested to warn publicans at the forthcoming Licensing Sessions against supplying drink to children under thirteen years of age."—Mr. J. Watkinson seconded.— Mr. W. Astbury asked if the resolution would apply to grocers ?-MtP R. D. Jones: Yes, certainly.— Ultimately Mr. R. D. Jones agreed to amend his resolution, and it was unanimously adopted in the follow- ing form: That the Chief Constable call the attention of the magistrates to what is being done in other counties as regards publicans selling drink to children under 13 years of age." —Dr. Humphrey Williams asked if there had been any increase of drunkenness at Flint through the extension of time granted over the Jubilee.—The Chief Constable replied in the negative.—The meeting afterwards terminated.

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