September 1, 1942
When four men were accused at Liverpool to-day of conspiracy to evade the petrol regulations, Mr. R.S.Trotter, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said it would be alleged that between May 1st and July 31st last year 8,376 gallons of petrol were supplied to various people without coupons.
Defendants are: Albert Harwood Letheren, 53, timber merchant, of Waterloo-road, Southport; Arthur Cecil Hudson, 45, Admiralty recorder, of Furzehatt-road, Plymstock, Plymouth; John Charles Rouse, 40 assistant secretary of Liverpool Football Club, part time timekeeper to F.H. Porter, Ltd., ship scalers, Liverpool, and representative of the Merseyside Ship Repaireers’ Federation, of North Barcombe-road, Wavertree, Liverpool; and John Henry Mills, 51, of Talbot-street, Southport, naval architect, and senior naval inspection officer, Ministry of War Transport (Sea Transport Section).
Letheren, Hudson and Rouse are summoned that they conspired together and with Charles Roland Clare, John Henry Mills, Fredk. William Porter and other persons unknown, to evade the provisions of the Motor Fuel Rationing Order. Mills is summoned that he conspired with C.R. Clare to obtain petrol from a supplier otherwise than against the surrender of valid coupons.
Hudson, as an agent of the Board of Admiralty, and Mills, as an agent of the Ministry of War Transport, are summoned for accepting a gift of petrol from C.R. Clare as an inducement of reward for showing favour to F.H. Porter, Ltd..
There are also summonses concerning the supply and use of petrol and alleged coupon offences.
(Source: Nottingham Evening Post: September 1, 1942)