The rent battle still went on August 30 for Londoner Donald Cook who, for three days, has remained in his barricaded St.
The rent battle still went on August 30 for Londoner Donald Cook who, for three days, has remained in his barricaded St. Pancras flat in protest against a 28-shilling rent increase imposed by the local council. Hundreds of nearby tenants - who have also refused to pay an increase - surrounded his flat ready to repel any bailiffs who should try to evict him. From behind a wall of barbed wire on his roof, Cook spoke of the resistance he is putting up to the council:
Earlier in the day, red rockets flared up from the barricaded flat and the cry went up "The bailiffs are coming." It was a signal for action by swarms of women and children who formed a human wall up the stairs leading to Donald Cook's flat. The alarm was caused by a police inspector who had asked to see Robert Burgess - leader of the flat "defenses" to discuss the maintenance of law and order.
In nearby Hampstead Road, another St. Pancras "rent rebel", Arthur Rowe, was also under a state of siege in his barricaded flat. One of the chief pickets guarding the entrance to the flats said: We expect action some time today and all our people have been alerted." As he spoke a "No bailiff shall pass" banner was hung up.