• Short Summary

    TWO SMALL CHILDREN WERE LED TO SAFETY AT VARRIERES LE BUISSON, A SUBURB OF PARIS, TODAY (MARCH 17) AFTER THEIR FATHER, ARMED WITH A SHOTGUN, HAD HELD THEM PRISONER FOR 24 HOURS AND THREATENED TO KILL THEM RATHER THAN RETURN THEM TO HIS EX-WIFE.

  • Description

    TWO SMALL CHILDREN WERE LED TO SAFETY AT VARRIERES LE BUISSON, A SUBURB OF PARIS, TODAY (MARCH 17) AFTER THEIR FATHER, ARMED WITH A SHOTGUN, HAD HELD THEM PRISONER FOR 24 HOURS AND THREATENED TO KILL THEM RATHER THAN RETURN THEM TO HIS EX-WIFE.

    THE MAYOR OF VERRIERES, JEAN SIMONIN, WENT INTO THE HOUSE TO TRY TO PERSUADE THE CHILDREN'S FATHER, 36 YEAR OLD LUCIEN CUELLO, TO RELEASE THEM. CROWDS STOOD AND WAITED AS THE AGONIZING MINUTES TICKED BY.

    THEN THE MAYOR EMERGED FROM THE SHUTTERED GROUND-FLOOR FLAT, BRINGING WITH HIM THE SEVEN-YEAR-OLD BOY AND THE SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL. THEIR FATHER ALSO HANDED OVER HIS RIFLE TO THE MAYOR. HE WAS LEFT ALONG IN THE FLAT, AND POLICE SAID NO CHARGES HAD BEEN PLACED AGAINST M. CUELLO.

    MAYOR SIMONIN DECLINED TO SAY HOW HAD PERSUADED M. CUELLO TO HAND OVER HIS CHILDREN, BUT SAID "IT WAS ABOVE ALL NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND A MAN WHO WAS SUFFERING".

    THIS AFTERNOON THE CHILDREN WERE BACK WITH THEIR MOTHER, 30 YEAR OLD DENISE CUELLO, WHO WAS GRANTED THEIR CUSTODY IN A RECENT DIVORCE CASE.

    THE END OF THE SIEGE CONTRASTED SHARPLY WITH A SIMILAR CASE NEAR BORDEAUX LAST MONTH WHICH ENDED IN TRAGEDY WHEN A MAN KILLED HIMSELF AND TWO OF HIS CHILDREN AS POLICE IN ARMOURED CARS STORMED. HIS FARM.

    THIS TIME THE POLICE ACTED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND ONLY PLAIN-CLOTHES OFFICERS KEPT WATCH ON M. CUELLO'S FLAT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5GCI0IUB7F3TDYSTFNE1LL1TM
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GCI0IUB7F3TDYSTFNE1LL1TM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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