• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S SIX-MONTH MILITARY "OCCUPATIONS" OF THE TINY CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ANGUILLA CAME TO AN END YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WHEN THE LAST OF THE "RED DEVILS" - THE PARATROOPERS OF B COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION PARACHUTE REGIMENT - LEFT THE ISLAND.

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S SIX-MONTH MILITARY "OCCUPATIONS" OF THE TINY CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ANGUILLA CAME TO AN END YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WHEN THE LAST OF THE "RED DEVILS" - THE PARATROOPERS OF B COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION PARACHUTE REGIMENT - LEFT THE ISLAND. EVEN MR. RONALD WEBSTER, WHO HAD PREDICTED "RAPE AND BRUTALITY" FROM THE BRITISH FORCES WHEN THEY ARRIVED, TURNED UP AT THEIR FAREWELL COCKTAIL PARTY. STILL LEFT ON THE ISLAND ARE LONDON POLICEMEN, TO KEEP LAW AND ORDER; AND ROYAL ENGINEERS TO CARRY OUT PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMMES.

    FOUR PLANE LOADS OF SUNTANNED PARATROOPERS WERE FERRIED OUT TO ANTIGUA FROM WHERE THEY WOULD BE FLYING BACK TO ENGLAND ABOARD A VC-10. ALTHOUGH MR. WEBSTER HAD DECLARED THAT THE PARAS HAD BEEN "NO TROUBLE" AFTER ALL, HE ALSO ADDED THAT THE ISLANDERS WOULD NOT MISS THEM. AND ONLY A FEW ANGUILLANS TURNED UP AT THE AIRPORT TO WAVE GOOD-BYE TO THE 120 PARATROOPERS.

    LEFT ON THE ISLAND IS A 133-STRONG FORCE OF SAPPERS AND SIGNALLER OF THE ROYAL ENGINEERS - WHO ARE CONTINUING PUBLIC WORKS SUCH AS THE COMPLETION OF A SCHOOL FOR 600 CHILDREN WHICH, ALTHOUGH UNFINISHED, HAS ALREADY BEEN OFFICIALLY HANDED-OVER TO THE ISLAND'S EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

    ANOTHER OF THE LONG-RANGE PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED IS THE IMPROVEMENTS OF THE ISLAND'S MANY ROADS.

    ONE ASSET THAT THE OCCUPATION HAS LEFT THE ANGUILLANS IS A FULLY-EQUIPPED SMALL RADIO TRANSMITTING STATION WHICH ALREADY BROADCASTS 45 HOURS PER WEEK AND IS HEARD AS FAR AWAY AS BARBADOS. THE TRANSMISSION QUALITY IS CONSIDERED SUPERIOR TO THAT OF MANY OF THE STATIONS ON THE BIGGER ISLANDS AND IT IS ONLY NON-COMMERCIAL STATION IN THE CARIBBEAN.

    THE OTHER BRITISH FORCE STILL ON ANGUILLA IS THAT OF THE 84 LONDON POLICEMEN OR "BOBBIES", WHO ARE NOW THE ISLAND'S ONLY LAW-ENFORCEMENT GROUP. THEY ROTATE ON THREE-MONTH TOURS OF DUTY THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND.

    AS THE RED DEVILS LANDED IN BRIZE NORTON, IN OXFORDSHIRE, TODAY (MONDAY) THE SITUATION ON ANGUILLA IS FAR FROM FULLY-RESOLVED. THEY HAVE LEFT BEHIND THEM A MORE STABLE ISLAND ECONOMICALLY, BUT THE POLITICAL ISSUES ARE STILL UNCHANGED. MR. WEBSTER HAS ANNOUNCED THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD THEY RETURN TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ON ST. KITTS UNDER PREMIER ROBERT BRADSHAW, AND BRITAIN HAS PLEDGED THAT THE ISLANDERS WOULD NEVER BE PLACED UNDER A RULE THEY DID NOT WANT. IN DECEMBER, THE CARIBBEAN COMMISSION IS TO BE FORMED TO STUDY THE STILL REMAINING POLITICAL PROBLEMS OF ANGUILLA - AND UNTIL THEY HAVE COME UP WITH A SETTLEMENT BRITISH AUTHORITY (IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LONDON POLICE) WILL REMAIN ON THE ISLAND.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5SYW8QGHJ5KTTZOXL160W6TC0
    Media URN:
    VLVA5SYW8QGHJ5KTTZOXL160W6TC0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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