• Short Summary

    ANGER AND BITTERNESS HAS FOLLOWED DISASTER IN THE WELSH VILLAGE OF ABERFAN. CRIES OF "MURDER"?

  • Description

    ANGER AND BITTERNESS HAS FOLLOWED DISASTER IN THE WELSH VILLAGE OF ABERFAN. CRIES OF "MURDER" WERE DIRECTED AGAINST THE NATIONAL COAL BOARD TODAY (MONDAY) AS THE SEARCH CONTINUED FOR VICTIMS OF FRIDAY'S COAL-WASTE AVALANCHE.

    THE RESCUE WORK IS NOW BEING CAREFULLY CONTROLLED AND TROOPS ARE BEING USED TO REMOVE THE DEBRIS FROM THE REMAINING HOUSES YET TO BE UNCOVERED. IT IS BELIEVED AS MANY AS FIFTY PEOPLE. INCLUDING ABOUT EIGHTEEN CHILDREN, ARE STILL BURIED. SO FAR 147 BODIES HAVE BEEN FOUND.

    BARBED WIRE HAS BEEN SET UP AROUND THE VILLAGE AND TROOPS AND POLICE ARE KEEPING SIGHTSEERS AWAY. THE AUTHORITIES HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY NO LONGER NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE RESCUE WORK. INSIDE THE BARBED WIRE THE VILLAGERS GO ON WITH THE TASK OF CLEARING UP. PLAYGROUNDS ARE DESERTED - SINCE THE TRAGEDY PARENTS HAVE KEPT SURVIVING CHILDREN CLOSE TO THEM.

    THE ANGER AND BITTERNESS SOME OF THE PARENTS FEEL WAS SOWN TODAY DURING AN INQUEST INTO THE DEATHS OF SOME OF THE VICTIMS. ONE MAN DEMANDED THAT HIS SON'S DEATH BE RECORDED AS "BURIED ALIVE BY THE NATIONAL COAL BOARD". OTHERS SAID THEIR CHILDREN HAD BEEN MURDERED. THEY SAY THE COAL BOARD, RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL BRITAIN'S COLLIERIES, DID NOT TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT THE COAL-WASTE FROM SLIDING DOWN INTO THE VILLAGE.

    LORD JUSTICE DAVIES, WHO IS TO HEAD AN OFFICIAL INQUIRY INTO THE DISASTER LEFT LONDON FOR ABERFAN TONIGHT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA589WXIIWY2CRPOZS6UVZ9OG0M
    Media URN:
    VLVA589WXIIWY2CRPOZS6UVZ9OG0M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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