This newspaper article from 30 September, 1939 is quite scathing about "soft-job" ARP wardens. During the Phony War the ARP services came in for a lot of stick. People were annoyed at the officiousness of the wardens poking their noses into people's homes. And as there were little or no air raids the value of the ARP services was generally poorly reviewed by the general public. This attitude was obviously to change markedly when the Luftwaffe started their various Blitzes across the country in late 1940.
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