• Short Summary

    The rent battle still went on August 30 for Londoner Donald Cook who, for three days, has remained in his barricaded St.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4N16TYALA0TMZKA9VC4TDNDSI
    Media URN:
    VLVA4N16TYALA0TMZKA9VC4TDNDSI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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