Football match check-up

October 14, 1943
Mr. Ellis Smith (Stoke, Lab) asked the Secretary of Air why so many RAF police and officer were engaged checking men leaving the Manchester City versus Liverpool football match, Maine Road, Manchester, on September 4, and what were the total number of men and women engaged on RAF police duties.

Sir Archibald Sinclair. – Following reports of an unusual number of absentees, a party of RAF service police, consisting of one officer and five men, were instructed to carry out a general check in the area concerned, which included various of amusement besides the football ground referred to. It would not be in the public interest to give the information asked for in the second part of the question. One officer and thirty-five other ranks were involved in the check-up, and had disciplinary action taken against them.
(Source: Liverpool Daily Post: October 14, 1943; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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