As the fifth day of the knightsbridge Spaghetti House seige in London drew to a close on Thursday night (2 October) there was a new twist to the bizarre drama when London's Police Chief, Sir Robert Mark, announced that two arrests had been made in connection with the seige.
GV PAN FROM Traffic TO Restaurant with police outside
MV Crowds behind barrier
MV & SV Newsmen outside (3 shots)
CU Postman, Mrs. Joyce Cliver, being interviewed
MV PAN EXTERIOR Adjacent shops (2 shots)
SV Manageress in car hire firm, Miss Christine Maltraves being interviewed
SV Interview with hairdresser's shop owner, Mrs. Sherry Wonger
SV Policeman directing traffic GV ZOOM OUT AND Crowds (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: OLIVER: "Well I saw a letter and the inspector said I'm to deliver it but afterward the floor inspector came around and he said I'M gonna give it to the patrol officer, a post office patrol officer, and he'll take it to the police he said."
WHITTLE: "And it was addressed to ...?"
OLIVER: "The gunman. Frank Davis, Spaghetti House, South West One."
WHITTLE: "What's happening at the shops?"
OLIVER: "Just sitting around. It seems very quiet."
WHITTLE: "Are they all open, are they?"
OLIVER: "Not most of them."
WHITTLE: "But they've all got staff in?"
MISS MATRAVES: "Well it's been terrible. There's not been anything going on at all. just watching everything going on outside, you know. But as far as people renting cars, they just can't get here."
WHITTLE: "How's business been since the Spaghetti sieige began?"
MRS. WENGER: "It's been quite affected really - em - clients are really rather nervous to come along into the area, I'm afraid. Er ... they keep phoning asking how they can get through, which way, they're even asking whether the gunman's even underneath in out cellar."
WHITTLE: "Bit nervous perhaps are they in case there's any action?"
MRS. WENGER: "I would think they're very nervous yes. Yes, business has been quite patchy, you know, since the whole business started."
Hundreds of police were still in London's knightsbridge area on thursday, the fifth day of the Spaghetti House seige. Thirty-two-year-old post woman, Mrs. joyce Oliver, found a letter addressed to one of the funmen, Franl Davis.
A car hire firm manageress, and the owner of a hairdressing salon spoke about the drop in business.
It's been a long five days for everyone involved ... and they'll all be glad when it's over ... especially the nine people in the basement of the Spaghetti House.
REPORTER: Peter Whittle
This film is serviced with three interviews by Visnews reporter Peter Whittle, transcripts of which follow:
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Background: As the fifth day of the knightsbridge Spaghetti House seige in London drew to a close on Thursday night (2 October) there was a new twist to the bizarre drama when London's Police Chief, Sir Robert Mark, announced that two arrests had been made in connection with the seige.
Sir Robert said that during the day police had charged 33 year-old Italian, Lillo Calogero, and a 48 year-old German who has been living in Britain for many years, Norbert Feidrich Waldberger, with conspiring to rob the Knightsbridge restaurant with Franklyn Davis. Nigerian leader of the three man armed gang that is still holding six Italian hostages inside the Spaghetti House.
The police announcement said the day's events had confirmed the force's original belief that the seige had started out as an ordinary armed robbery with no political or racial connotations.
It all started on Sunday when the gang tried to get away with 11,000 pounds sterling. A restaurant employee escaped during the raid and raised the alarm. Before the would-be robbers could escape the place was surrounded by police by police. Since then the armed trio have been holding their six Italian hostages inside and have kept up continued demands to police for a plane to fly them out of Britain.
But the police have been equally adamant in their refusal to comply with the gang's demands and say they will sit out until the end. Meanwhile Davis and his accomplices, Wesley Dick, a Londoner of Jamaican parentage and man known only as Bonzo, stay closeted with their captives and are having food and water sent into the tiny basement room. Police say the nine have developed a rapport which they believe will eventually lead to the gunmen giving themselves up.
While the seige continues business people in the same street are suffering from a slump in business. Some of them spoke to Visnews reporter, Peter Whittle, about the inconvenience. He also spoke to a postwoman, Mrs. Joyce Oliver, who found a letter addressed to Frank Davis in her deliveries. The letter was confiscated and handed to police.