• Short Summary

    MR. AND MRS. STEPHEN HURN WAGED A BATTLE FOR POSSESSION OF THEIR HOME IN LEYTONSTONE,?

  • Description

    MR. AND MRS. STEPHEN HURN WAGED A BATTLE FOR POSSESSION OF THEIR HOME IN LEYTONSTONE, LONDON, TODAY, AGAINST THE COMBINED FORCES OF 25 POLICEMEN, A BULLDOZER AND THE AUTHORITY OF A LOCAL GOVERNMENT -- AND EMERGED THE LOSERS. MR. HURN FORMED A BARBED WIRE BARRICADE AROUND HIS HOUSE AND BUSINESS. AN OFFICIAL COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER HAD BEEN MADE AGAINST THE PREMISES. THE BOROUGH COUNCIL CLAIMS TO HAVE OFFERED ADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR MR. HURN'S PROPERTY, WHICH THEY SAY IS STANDING IN THE WAY OF A LOCAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME.

    MR. HURN AND HIS WIFE STOOD BEHIND THE HIGH WIRE BARRICADE AS LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND POLICE CAME TO CARRY THROUGH THE EVICTION ORDER.

    MR. HURN WAS OFFERED GBP13,500 TO VACATE HIS HOUSE AND THE REPAIR BUSINESS IN THE YARD BEHIND IT, BUT HE REJECTED IT UNCONDITIONALLY. HE CLAIMS HE FOUND AN ALTERNATIVE SITE IN WHICH TO CONDUCT HIS BUSINESS, BUT THE COUNCIL WOULD NOT GIVE HIM A PERMIT TO USE THE LAND. MR. HURN, 47, AND HIS 43-YEAR-OLD WIFE JOAN MOVED INTO THEIR HOUSE FIVE YEARS AGO.

    AS THE POLICE AND BULLDOZER OPERATOR PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION, MR. HURN DELIVERED A HARANGUE TO THE WATCHING CROWD:
    AFTER MR. HURN'S SPEECH, THE BATTLE BEGAN. MRS. HURN FLUNG HOT PORRIDGE AT THE OFFICIALS, AND MR. HURN CLIMBED INTO THE SCOOP OF THE BULLDOZER AS IT PREPARED TO CRUSH HIS HOUSE. HE WAS ARRESTED BY A GROUP OF POLICEMEN AND WHEN MRS. HURN ALSO ATTEMPTED TO CLIMB INTO THE BULLDOZER, SHE TOO WAS TAKEN AWAY BY POLICE. THEY WERE LATER CHARGED WITH THREATENING BEHAVIOUR AND CONDUCT LIKELY TO CAUSE A BREACH OF THE PEACE. THEY WERE REMANDED ON BAIL FOR THREE WEEKS ON ASSURANCES OF GBP28 STERLING EACH.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA52HPMYO0ZRUY0BPPUAGXFFZRM
    Media URN:
    VLVA52HPMYO0ZRUY0BPPUAGXFFZRM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment