• Short Summary

    The scene - a luxury block of flats in Onslow Square, South Kensington, London - where only a few hours before a London policeman, Detective-Sergeant Raymond Purdy was shot dead by a gunman breaking away from arrest.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Streets
    0.03

    2.
    PAN DOWN..Entrance to flats.
    0.06

    3.
    GV Police.
    0.09

    4.
    Finger Print Expert.
    0.12

    5.
    Looking through glass.
    0.19

    6.
    Bullet hole.
    0.24

    7.
    Ditto.
    0.25

    8.
    Finger print expert.
    0.27

    9.
    GV Man out of car.
    0.30



    Initials ANH/AW/PB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The scene - a luxury block of flats in Onslow Square, South Kensington, London - where only a few hours before a London policeman, Detective-Sergeant Raymond Purdy was shot dead by a gunman breaking away from arrest.

    Immediately after the crime, Scotland yard experts took photographs of fingerprints found at the entrance to the flat. Pictures were also taken of the bullet hole in one of the 10 panes of glass in the right hand entrance door.

    The gunman fired at close range in the hall of the flats and hit Sgt.Purdy in the chest. The detective had been questioning the man in connection with making offensive telephone calls to one of the tenants - described as an American model - from a street phone booth nearby.

    Police throughout London began searching for the armed man. He was aged about 30, and about five foot ten inches tall.

    The day following the murder, armed police swooped on a number of houses in London. The raids by a squad of 20 officers of the Cominal Investigation Department were on apartment houses in the area.

    Sgt. Purdy, 43, was married with three children.

    Murdering a policeman still carry the death penalty in Britain under the 1957 Homicide Act. Three other London policemen have been murdered in recent years.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1DM52QH8F6CJCK158KHPLUFJT
    Media URN:
    VLVA1DM52QH8F6CJCK158KHPLUFJT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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