• Short Summary

    Police and British troops sealed off Catholic areas in Belfast on Tuesday (18 January) in a bid to recapture seven escaped IRA officers who escapade from the prison ship "Maidstone" in Belfast harbour the night before.

  • Description

    Police and British troops sealed off Catholic areas in Belfast on Tuesday (18 January) in a bid to recapture seven escaped IRA officers who escapade from the prison ship "Maidstone" in Belfast harbour the night before.

    The seven, wearing only their underpants, cut through a grill protecting a porthole, clambered out and swam several hundred yards (meters) through near-freezing water to reach the dockside where they later hi-jacked a bus.

    At dawn on Tuesday, security forces began a massive house-to-house search. Soldiers broke down doors of houses which were apparently deserted and latest reports indicate that more than 600 troops are involved in the hunt, the biggest in Belfast's history.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5CH2H05ISFEOX8VUOXXPIZ7FX
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CH2H05ISFEOX8VUOXXPIZ7FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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