• Short Summary

    BULLET-PROOF VESTS HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO POLICE TAKING PART IN THE HUNT FOR THE THIRD MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING TWO WEEKS AGO OF THREE LONDON POLICEMEN.

  • Description


    DEMONSTRATION OF A VARIETY OF SHOTS FIRED AT THE VEST FROM CLOSE RANGE (NATURAL SOUND), INTERVIEW WITH MAJOR WILKINSON LATHAM WHOSE FIRM MAKES THE VESTS (SOF).



    "MAJOR WILKINSON LATHAM. JUST HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?"



    TRANSCRIPT: MAJOR: "WELL, WE'VE JUST FIRED AT IT, FIRST WITH A ??? POINT-THREE-EIGHT SMITH AND WESSON REVOLVER, THERE WITH A NINE MILLIMETRE HIGH-POWER BROWNING, NINE MILLIMETRE LUGER, POINT-FOUR-FIVE COLT ANTO' AND THEN IN THE FRONT THERE AT CLOSE RANGE WITH A 12-BORE SHOT GUN. AND IF I SHOW YOU THE BACK YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE IS NO EFFECT WHATSOEVER."



    REPORTER: "IT CERTAINLY HAS NOT GONE THROUGH. WOULD IT HAVE ANY EFFECT AT ALL ON ??? ANYONE WEARING IT?"



    MAJOR: "YES, THE MAN WEARING IT WOULD I THINK BE KNOCKED PROBABLY FLAT ON HIS BACK. HE'D PROBABLY GET A BRUISE. HE MIGHT EVEN GET A CRACKED RIB, BUT HE'D BE GETTING UP AGAIN AFTERWARDS, WHICH IS MORE THAN HE'D DO IF HE WAS HIT BY A 12-BORE SHOT GUN JUST THERE."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BULLET-PROOF VESTS HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO POLICE TAKING PART IN THE HUNT FOR THE THIRD MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING TWO WEEKS AGO OF THREE LONDON POLICEMEN. THE MAN, HAROLD ROBERTS, IS SAID TO BE CARRYING AT LEAST THREE GUNS AND HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

    IN LONDON YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) MEMBERS OF THE POLICE MURDER SQUAD SAW A DEMONSTRATION OF THE BULLET-PROOF VEST WHICH IS SAID TO BE ABLE TO STOP A .45 BULLET FIRED AT POINT-BLANK RANGE.

    NOT ALL THE POLICE TAKING PART IN THE SEARCH FOR ROBERTS ARE WEARING THE VESTS BUT A NUMBER ARE BEING KEPT READY SO THAT THEY CAN BE USED IMMEDIATELY IF HE SHOULD BE CORNERED AND THERE IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN ARMED BATTLE.

    THE DEMONSTRATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE MURDER SQUAD WAS ORGANISED BY MAJOR WILKINSON LATHAM WHOSE FIRM MAKES THE VESTS. IN AN INTERVIEW, MAJOR WILKINSON WAS ASKED....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3I715PUDEVFIG4N6COU9BE98Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA3I715PUDEVFIG4N6COU9BE98Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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