• Short Summary

    THREE PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMEN WERE SHOT DEAD IN THE LONDON SUBURB OF SHEPHERD'S BUSH THIS AFTERNOON (FRIDAY).

  • Description


    SCENE OF THE SHOOTING WITH BODIES; POLICE ACTIVITY IN STREET; SOF INTERVIEWS WITH EYE-WITNESSES - WOMAN AND BOY; POLICE VISIT FLAT IN NORTH LONDON SUBURB OF FINCHLEY WHERE THEY TRACED A CAR; ACTIVITY AT SHEPHERD'S BUSH POLICE STATION YARD.



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    WOMAN: WELL, I HEARD THESE SHOTS AND AS FAR AS I KNOW THERE WERE ABOUT THREE TO SIX SHOTS. I DIDN'T REALLY COUNT THEM. THERE WERE QUITE A FEW. SO I RAN OUT THE FRONT DOOR.



    REPORTER: YOU WERE IN YOUR HOME AT THE TIME?



    WOMAN: OH YES. I WAS JUST COMING TO THE FRONT DOOR AS A MATTER OF FACT. AND I RAN OVER TO THE CORNER AND I COULD SEE ALL THESE FUMES - I THOUGHT IT WAS FUMES AND I RAN ALONG THE LADY CAME TOWARDS ME AND SHE SAYS, OH SOMEONE'S BEEN SHOT.



    REPORTER: JIMMY, HOW OLD ARE YOU?



    BOY: TEN.



    REPORTER: NOW YOU SAW IT ALL HAPPEN DIDN'T YOU?



    BOY: WELL FIRST I SAW A MAN GETTING OUT OF A CAR AND HE WAS RUNNING BACKWARDS, AND HE TRIPPED, AND A MAN KNOCKED HIM ON THE HEAD WITH A GUN. THEN SOMEONE GOT IN THE CAR AND DROVE IT OVER HIM. THEN ANOTHER MAN GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND STARTED RUNNING ON THE ROAD AND HE SHOT HIM THROUGH THE HEAD.



    REPORTER: HE SHOT THE MAN WHO WAS ALREADY DOWN THROUGH THE HEAD? WHAT HAPPENED THEN?



    BOY: THEN THEY SMASHED THE WINDOW I THINK, AND THEN THEY SHOT HIM - THEY SHOT THE MAN IN THE CAR.



    REPORTER: HE SMASHED THE WINDSCREEN?



    BOY: I THINK SO.



    REPORTER: AND THEN HE SHOT THE MAN IN THE CAR. WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT?



    BOY: THEY ALL GOT INTO THE VAN AND STARTED DRIVING BACKWARDS DOWN THE ROAD.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THREE PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMEN WERE SHOT DEAD IN THE LONDON SUBURB OF SHEPHERD'S BUSH THIS AFTERNOON (FRIDAY).

    THE KILLING TOOK PLACE AS THE THREE POLICEMEN STOPPED THEIR UNMARKED POLICE CAR IN A SIDE STREET. IT IS NOT CERTAIN WHAT THEY WERE DOING BUT IT IS BELIEVED THEY WERE ABOUT TO INTERVIEW SOME MEN SEATED IN A PARKED CAR. AS ONE POLICEMAN, DETECTIVE SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER HEAD, A 41-YEAR-OLD BACHELOR, GOT OUT OF THE CAR, HE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD. CONSTABLE DAVID WOMBWELL, 25-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF TWO, WAS KILLED AS HE WENT TO HIS COLLEAGUE'S AID. A THIRD SHOT SHATTERED THE WINDSCREEN OF THE POLICE CAR AND KILLED CONSTABLE GEOFFREY FOX, 41-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF THREE, WHO WAS IN THE DRIVING SEAT.

    EYE-WITNESSES DESCRIBED WHAT THEY SAW:
    ALL AVAILABLE POLICEMEN, INCLUDING MANY WHO RETURNED VOLUNTARILY FROM HOLIDAY, ARE TAKING PART IN THE HUNT, THE POLICE AUTHORITIES HAVE TAKEN THE EXTREMELY RARE STEP OF ARMING POLICE IN THE SEARCH WITH PISTOLS.

    DURING THE SEARCH, DETECTIVES VISITED A FLAT IN THE NORTH LONDON SUBURB OF FINCHLEY WHERE THEY INTERVIEWED A MAN IN CONNECTION WITH OWNERSHIP OF A CAR SEEN AT THE MURDER SPOT DURING THE AFTERNOON. THEY TOOK A BOX WITH THEM WHEN THEY LEFT THE FLAT AND A NUMBER OF OTHER BOXES WERE DELIVERED TO THE POLICE STATION AT SHEPHERDS BUSH.

    POLICE HAVE ISSUED THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THREE MEN THEY WANT TO INTERVIEW AND THE NUMBER OF THE CAR IN WHICH THEY DROVE FROM THE SCENE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7NPZYI4CI3DWM8RD9RP119LRC
    Media URN:
    VLVA7NPZYI4CI3DWM8RD9RP119LRC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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