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FLINTSHIRE POLICE COMMITTEE. [BY OUR OWN REPORTER.] I A meeting of the Flintshire Standing Joint I Committee was held at Mold on Thursday, Mr. R. Llevr. Jones (Rhyl) presiding over a small attend- ance. 'r ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. I ivir. K. l-ilew. Jones was unanimously re-elected I chairman for the ensuing year. THE CLERK OF THE PEACE. I Air. H. J. Koberts asked whether the C'erk of the Peace had found a residence in Mold or dis- trict yet, as he understood that when Mr. Bromiey was appointed to that office, there was a definite understanding that he should reside in Mold. Dr. Humphrey Williams and Mr. Astbury sup- ported the remarks of Mr. Roberts, stating that it was clearly understood that Mr. Bromley would take up his residence in Mold. The Clerk explained that he had not yet been able to find a suitable house in Mold or neigh- bourhood, and had continued to live at Rhyl. He had been advised that it was not necessary for him to reside in Mold, but if the committee thought it was he would bow to their decision. CHIEF CONSTABLE'S REPORT. ?. I- ? the Ohiet Constable (Major Webber) submitted his report, which shewed that during the quarter ending 31st March there were 24 indictable offences reported, for which 17 persons were ap- prehended, six persons proceeded against by sum- mons, and one case was undetected. Of the 23 persons proceeded against 22 were dealt with sum- marily, and one committed or bailed for trial. In the corresponding quarter last year the_number of offences committed was 20, and the number of persons proceeded against *19. Four were dis- charged, 14 were summarily convicted, and one was committed for trial, while one case was un- detected. During the last quarter there were also 203 persons proceeded against for non-indictable offences, of whom 164 were convicted, 23 dis- charged, and in 13 cases the charges were with- drawn. Of the 164 persons convicted, seven were for assaults, 25 under the Elementary Education Acts, 64 for drunkenness, and three for offences under the Poor Law and Vagrancy Acts. In the corresponding quarter last year 196 persons were proceeded -against, 29 discharged and 157 con- victed, while in 10 cases the charges were with- drawn. Four fully-licensed houses were proceeded against during the quarter and convicted. The new police station at Prestatyn had been formally handed over to him. His estimates for pay and contingencies for the months of July. August and September shewed a total of £ 1,550. His estimate of the total approximate amount required fcr police purposes during the quarter ending 31st March, 1903, was £ 5,600. On account of the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Rhyl, ho was obliged to make special police arrangements for that day. The total cost amounted to c'bout JB85. Mr. R. Jones observed that the amounts of the fines imposed upon licensed houses appeared to bo disproportionate. Three free houses were fined respectively 60s. and costs, 100 s. and costs, and 40s. and costs, while oii9 tied house was fined the sma'l amount of 10s. and costs. He asked for rn ex- planation of this. The Chief Constable replied that he was not in a position to make an explanation, as it Nas a magisterial affair. Colonel Messham pointed out that the offences for which the houses were fined were of a different t character, one being Sunday opening, another selling to drunken persons, and another for adul- teration of spirits. THE ROYAL VIRTT. I n COST OF POLIO; AliUAJfGEMEXTS. I JJr. Humphrey Williams asked if the Chief Con- stable expected to receive a cheque from the Rhyl authorities for the sum expended in the police arrangements on the occasion of tho Koval visit to that town. Mr. John Jones (Prestatyn): I propose wo 8sk the Rhyl Council for a cheque. The Chairman pointed out that the hospital which their Royal Highnesses opened was not merely a local one. It would benefit a very large area, including the whole of Flintshire, and it only happened that it was situated at Rü.d. Surely the county of. Flint would not grudge to I pay its share of cost in the protection and ° ccn- vemence ot the Frmce and Princess of Wales in any part of the county they might visit. He hoped they would not regard this matter from a parochial point of view, but rather from a county, if not an Imperial, point of view. (Hear, h.^ar.) Tho police arrangements were exceIlentlv earned out, and ho thought the Chief Constable and his subordinate officers were to be congratulated upon the excellent way that everything passed off. On the occasion of the Royal visit in 1894 the cost of the police arrangements was JB118 6s. 5d., and the county paid it without anv hesitation. Colonel Messham said the Prince of W7a!es him- self expressed great satisfaction at the police and military arrangements at Rhyl. He did not think any would grudge the payment by the county of that very small item. The Prince had con- ferred a great benefit to Rhyl and the whole of Flintshire by coming to open a hospital which would be an immense benefit to suffering chil- dren, not only in Flintshire, but far and wide in England. Mr. J. Philip Jones I take it his Royal High- ness' visit to Rhyl was a visit to Flintshire, and Flintshire is honoured even by his visit to Rhyl. I think that the bill presented is very moderate, and I propose that the county should pay this L35. Colonel Messham seconded the motion, and it was carried. OCCASIONAL LICENCES. I Dr. Williams asked if there were means by which the public could be informed when occa- sional licences were going to be applied for to the magistrates. < The Chief Constable said there was nothing in his instructions on that point. Dr. Williams asked if notice was not given that as occasional licence was going to be applied for. The Clerk said applications were sent in to the magistrates' clerk, who thereupon summoned the magistrates to a special sessions. Mr. E. H. Wain did not think magistrates ever granted a licence without inquiring if the police had objection to it. They never acted blindly, and always tried to obtain the exact knowledge of the case from the police. I The Chief Constable said at least fifty per cent, I of the applications were opposed by the polÍcr. Dr. Williams: Certain things have happened that want inquiring into. I SUPERVISION OF DRINKING CLUBS. Notice had been given by Mr. Thomas Lindop of the following motion:—"That in view of the alarming increase of drinking clubs in the country, and especially in Wales, this committee do respectfully memorialise 'his Majesty's Govern- ment to introduce into Parliament a Bill making the formation of such clubs illegal, or for placing them under the existing licensing laws applicable to public-houses." The Chairman pointed out that a Bill was now before Parliament for the purpose of registering all clubs, and he suggested that Mr. Lindop should move a resolution in support of that Bill. Mr. Lindop accordingly withdrew his motion. and substituted a resolution supporting the Bill.- This was carried. I PROTECTION OF PROPERTY. Mr. J. Pnilip Jones moved that the Chief Con- stable be asked to take steps to prevent malicious and wilful damage being done to unoccupied property. He contended that it was as much tho duty of the police to protect property that hud been damaged as to protect property that had been stolen. The object of his motion was to pro- tect property generally. People seemed to think they were at liberty to destroy premises, and con- side-able damage had been done. to emptv houses, of which the police took no notice. He knew of houses that had been completely gutted by deore- r dations. Shutters were taken down and windows broken; the houses were entered, and the stairs carried away. Mr. J. T. Reney seconded the mot;oii. Mr. Prince (Connah's Quay) thought it was the duty of the owners to look after the property. He strongly opposed the motion. Dr. Williams concurred with Mr. Prince. Whatj, had the police got to do with unoccupied houses? He understood that everybody knew he had the j right of requisitioning the assistance of the police i in protecting his property. Property owners should take a little more interest in their property. After further discussion, the motion was put to the meeting and carried. MAGISTRATES' ROOM AT CONNAH'S I QUAY. I An application was received by the owner of the magistrates' room at Connah's Quay for increased rent, and on the motion of Mr. Prince, it was agreed to increase the annual rental from £ S to. £lQ

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