• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1NXYECYRV7BXLCS0YB6CBFQFW
    Media URN:
    VLVA1NXYECYRV7BXLCS0YB6CBFQFW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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