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I Merthyr Crime. j CHIEF CONSTABLE'S REPORT. 1 I GRATIFYING DECREASE IN DRUNKEN- NESS. The annual report of the Chief Constable of Merthyr Tydfil (Mr. J. A. Wilson) for 1915, which will be presented at the next meeting of the Watch Committee, discloses a very satisfac- tory state of affairs in the borough. A decrease in all branches of crime is reported, and the fact that commitments to prison were 349 fewer than in 1914 is evidence that the citi- zens realise their increased responsibilities dur- ing war time. The number of indictable offences committed was 348, a decrease of two as compared with 191.4, while 667 persons (584 males and 83 fe- males) were arrested for non-indictable offences and 878 were summoned, making a total of 1,545—a decrease of 400 on the previous year. Only 12 persons were arrested for assaults on the poiioe-a decrease of 13—while 179 persons were proceeded against for common assault, a decrease of 74, of whom 122 were dismissed. Un- der the Elementary Education Acts 151 persons were summoned, as compared with 318 in 1914. Simple drunkenness decreased from 53 in 1914 to 37, and drunkenness with aggravations from 478 in 1914 to 180—one of the most remarkable features of the whole report. Ten of those persons were arrested at Dowlais on Sundays during 1915, and in every instance arrived in a drunken state in the borough area from Mon- mouthshire county, w here the Sunday Closing Act does not operate." Offences against the bye-laws decreased from 229 in 1914 to 175; Va- grancy Acts prosecutions decreased from 91 to 29, and there were 18 committals to industrial schools under the Elementary Education Acts. During the year 348 robberies and crimes were reported, of which 260 were. detected, and 88 undetected, a decrease of two r the property stolen was estimated at L342 Os 4d, of which £129 19s 6d was recovered. The report gives details as to licensing pro- secutions amd conditions (which have already been reported at length) and points out that there were 222 licensed houses in the borough, of which 11 were proceeded against, 7 convicted and 4 dismissed. The police paid 38,561 visits to licensed premises, and the fact that only 11 summonses wore taken out spoke well for the general conduct of the premises. 149 persons (87 males and 62 females) were con- veyed to the Swansea Prison -349 fewer than in 1914. Dealing with fire brigade matters, the Chief Constable reported that the average turn-out by the brigade with the motor-engine to 36 ifres and 60 practice and surprise calls was well maintained in under one minute from the time of the crall by alarm bells." Three lives were lost at a fire in Pentrebaoh, the result of keeping a motor-cycle in a dwelling house. For the first time for eight years the district was free from outbreaks of swine fever. The total number of tramps relieved at the Central Police Station was 1.821. compared with 13,876 in 1914-a decrease of 12,055. The scarcity of labour owing to the 1 war is one of the reasons prescribed for this largc, decrease, but the orders of the guardians m refusing to house vagrants at common lodging-houses had an excellent effect, and if the orders were ex- tended to include females the numbers would be still further reduced. 123 boys and 2 girls were licensed to engage in street trading. An interesting feature of the report is that which deals with the war, Eleven members of the force were called up for service, and 31 enlisted out of a total of 87, of which 3 have fallen in action The employment of 150 spe- cial constables, whose efforts were worthy of commendation, had enabled the work of the force to be carried on without having to fill the vacancies. All alien enemies of military age in the borough were interned and three Crt-rmans, one Austrian, and three Turkish sub- jects above military age had been allowed to continue residing in the borough under the spe- cial conditions contained in the Aliens Restric- tion Act. A comparative statement of expenditure and income for several vears past shows that where- as in 1909 £3.109 was paid in salaries and war ges, in 1915 it had increased to £ 8,866. Cloth- inar and accoutrements had decreased from je570 in 1909 to £ 4.41.; uildings from £1,430 to £$43; but the gross cost is more than double. In TOO" it had reached the sum of £ 5,509; in 1913 it was C9,807, and last year £ 10,364. The total income increased from R4,482 in 191'0 to E5,,204 last year, and whereas the balance af cost falling on the rates in 1909 was $ ■ last year it had risen to £ 5,155. In ft however, the strength of the force was 75 a cost per constable of £49, but last y >1 was 37. with a cost per consto

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