The Australian police have rescued nine pupils and a teacher, kidnapped from the Wooreen school in south-eastern Victoria.
SV AND GV: aircraft with escapee Edward John Eastwood arriving at Melbourne airport, Australia. (2 shots)
SV: policemen alongside plane.
SV: Eastwood into police car at airport.
GV EXTERIOR: Wooreen primary school in South-eastern Victoria.
SV: police officer in classroom.
SV: kidnapped pupils' bicycles.
SV: hostage driven to police station for refreshments. (5 shots)
CU: school girl interviewed.
CU: school teacher interviewed.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER:"Eastwood was flown back to Melbourne following hours of intensive questioning by detectives in Sale. Armed police escorted the limping escapee into a waiting car and he was whisked away for a brief appearance in the Melbourne Magistrates court. There he faces 26 charges including 16 of kidnapping and others of escaping from jail, stealing, and shooting. Apart from a large gash across the side of his face there was no outward sign of a strain as he stood in the dock. The hearing lasted only about 90 seconds, during which Eastwood was remanded to appear again on the 23rd of May. No plea was entered for bail. The drama began at the tiny Wooreen primary school, about ten miles North of Leongatha in Central Gibsonland. At about ten o'clock yesterday morning a man wearing a hood and armed with a pistol entered the one-class-room building. He ordered the nine pupils and 28-year-old teacher to climb into the rear of the stolen transit van where he chained them together. Late the badly shaken hostage were taken to the Sale police station for a rest and a meal and to make lengthy statements to police about the ordeal. Despite being chained up and threatened, the children seem to settle down quickly. In fact to the younger one it was almost an adventure. However the police said it would probably never be known just how seriously the Kidnapping will effect their minds. Did he tie you up or anything like that?"
GIRL: "When we left the school he put chains on us."
REPORTER:"And how did you feel then, it must have been terrible?"
GIRL: "It was".
TEACHER: "I have been teaching only for eight days and that occurred on my nifty day teaching."
REPORTER: "How worried were you for the safety of the children?"
TEACHER: "Quite worried. I sort of...I was worried about myself too but I knew if I have done anything heroic or if had I tried to put foot out of place -- the kids lives may have been in danger."
REPORTERS: PHIL DE MONTIGNY AND ROBIN MILLS
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Background: The Australian police have rescued nine pupils and a teacher, kidnapped from the Wooreen school in south-eastern Victoria. The Kidnapper, 26-year-old prison escape, Edwin John Eastwood, had driven his hostages for 21 hours in a stolen van. The police stopped him with gun-fire, and he was the only one hurt in the shootout. Phil de Montigny and Robin Mills report.