A British merchant seaman, Mr Peter Crouch, returned to London today (Sunday) after being released by the People's Republic of China on Saturday.
MV Crouch waving to pressmen, into car & away
CU Crouch (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: CROUCH: "No, well, I repeatedly told them that I'd been studying Chairman Mao's work and I'm making an honest effort to remould myself and repent my crimes.
REPORTER: Had you been paying particular attention to their warships?
CROUCH: I was looking, yes, because I thought the information might be useful -- you never know.
REPORTER: Useful. To whom?
CROUCH: To our own people.
REPORTER: So you were spying in fact?
CROUCH: You can't call that spying normally, can you? No harm in looking, so to speak.
Initials SAW/DW/SGM/2145 SAW/DW/SGM/2159
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Background: A British merchant seaman, Mr Peter Crouch, returned to London today (Sunday) after being released by the People's Republic of China on Saturday. The Second Officer of the SS Demodocus, Mr. Crouch had been arrested while his ship was in Shanghai in April 1968.
On arrival in London, Mr. Crouch told reporters that he had observed Chinese warships shortly before his arrest. The release of Mr. Crouch, who had been held for breaching harbour regulations, marks the improving relations between Britain and Peking.