• Short Summary

    THE AUSTRALIAN POLICE SEARCHING FOR THE ESCAPED BRITISH TRAIN ROBBER RONALD BIGGS HAVE ISSUED AN IDENTIKIT PICTURE OF A MAN SEEN IN BIGGS' COMPANY.

  • Description

    1.
    LV TILT DOWN VICTORIAN POLICE HQ, MELBOURNE
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    2.
    CU TWO MEN EMERGE
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    3.
    MV CAR PULLS OUT & AWAY DOWN STREET (2 SHOTS)
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    4.
    MV DETECTIVES IN CAR ALONG ROAD
    0.37

    5.
    MV DETECTIVE LOOKING AT PHOTOS OF BIGGS
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    6.
    MV DETECTIVE WALKS UP TO HOUSE
    0.48

    7.
    MV DITTO INTERVIEWED SOF: "JUST HOW MANY..." ENDS:"......IN THE COUNTRY."
    1.50


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: QUESTION: "JUST HOW MANY OF THESE HOUSE TO HOUSE SEARCHES ARE YOU CARRYING OUT IN THIS SEARCH FOR BIGGS."



    ANSWER: THEY'RE EVEN CARRIED OUT CONTINUALLY, NOT ONLY IN THIS CITY, BUT IN THE MAJOR CITIES OF ALL OTHER STATES. IT'S A 24-HOUR A DAY OPERATION.



    QUESTION: DO YOU THINK THAT BIGGS HAD GOT ANY CONTRACT WITH THE UNDERWORLD IN AUSTRALIA.



    ANSWER: MY PERSONAL OPINION IS NO. HE WOULD BE TOO EXPERIENCED A MAN TO CONTACT THE UNDERWORLD BECAUSE AFTER ALL HIS ONLY VALUE TO THEM WOULD BE HIS MONEY, AND THERE WOULD BE NO VALUE IN THAT FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW, I DOUBT IT VERY MUCH. HE WOULD ONLY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIS OWN ACCOCIATES AND PEOPLE HE KNEW AND TRUSTED.



    QUESTION: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK HIS CHANCES ARE OF GETTING AWAY THIS TIME.



    ANSWER: NOT VERY GOOD I HOPE, NOT VERY GOOD. HE HAS HAD A SLIGHT START ON US, BUT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FROM AUSTRALIA, IT'S NOT LIKE ENGLAND OR THE CONTINENT, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT AND PRESSURE WILL BE MAINTAINED UNTIL WE'RE POSITIVELY SURE HE'S NO LONGER IN THE COUNTRY.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE AUSTRALIAN POLICE SEARCHING FOR THE ESCAPED BRITISH TRAIN ROBBER RONALD BIGGS HAVE ISSUED AN IDENTIKIT PICTURE OF A MAN SEEN IN BIGGS' COMPANY. THIS IS THE ONLY FRESH DEVELOPMENT IN THE SEARCH WHICH HAS SPREAD ACROSS THE CONTINENT SINCE BIGGS ELUDED A POLICE NET NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO.

    BIGGS ESCAPED FROM WANDSWORTH PRISON IN LONDON IN JULY 1965 AFTER ABOUT TWO YEARS OF A THIRTY YEAR SENTENCE FOR HIS PART IN THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY. ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO THERE WERE RUMOURS THAT HE WAS IN AUSTRALIA AND THEN ON OCTOBER 17TH, POLICE IN THE VICTORIAN CAPITAL OF MELBOURNE DISCLOSED THAT THEY HAD MISSED HIM BY HOURS IN A RAID ON A SUBURBAN HOUSE. BIGGS' WIFE WAS ARRESTED AND LATER RELEASED. A WEEK LATER, ERIC FLOWERS, WHO ESCAPED WITH BIGGS FROM WANDSWORTH, WAS ARRESTED IN SYDNEY.

    THE SEARCH FOR THE 39 YEAR OLD BIGGS IS BEING CONCENTRATED IN MELBOURNE BUT IT'S ALSO SPREAD TO VERY OTHER MAJOR CITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INVOLVING ROUTINE HOUSE TO HOUSE INQUIRIES AND CHECKS OF THE DOZENS OF SIGHTINGS REPORTED TO POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

    A DETECTIVE WAS INTERVIEWED DURING ONE INVESTIGATION WHICH TOOK POLICE TO A WATERFRONT AREA OF MELBOURNE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA38NE0GQOPBV7NBESNB56JEO7G
    Media URN:
    VLVA38NE0GQOPBV7NBESNB56JEO7G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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