Communication from United Kingdom Delegation
Concerning disposal of surplus police equipment
May I refer you to my letter of the 24th March and previous correspondence with Bunche on the subject of police equipment in Palestine.
2. I have just learned that a message from the Inspector-General of the Palestine Police was received in the Colonial Office early in June to the following effect:
(ii) It is understood that Colonel Lund commented that this proposal was a sensible one and that no practical alternative was apparent.
(iii) In the absence of any recognised successor authorities and in view of the limited British guard resources and the increasing scale of thefts and attempted thefts of assured vehicles and automatic weapons this plan has now been put into effect.
(iv) All surplus weapons have been dumped in the sea.
(v) Armoured vehicles are being destroyed as they become surplus to requirements and when British personnel can be made available for the task.