• Short Summary

    ONE OF BRITAIN'S "GREAT TRAIN ROBBERS" FLED FROM A PRISON EXERCISE YARD AND STAGED A FOUR-HOUR PROTEST STRIKE ON THE ROOF OF TOP-SECURITY LEICESTER JAIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description

    ONE OF BRITAIN'S "GREAT TRAIN ROBBERS" FLED FROM A PRISON EXERCISE YARD AND STAGED A FOUR-HOUR PROTEST STRIKE ON THE ROOF OF TOP-SECURITY LEICESTER JAIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY). TWO OTHER PRISONERS WERE WITH HIM.

    BARED TO THE WAIST UNDER A HOT SUN THE THREE PRISONERS WAVED PRISON SHIRTS AND SHOUTED ABUSE TO WARDERS 25 FEET (EIGHT METRES) BELOW. THE TRIO BALANCED PRECARIOUSLY ON A SUN-BAKED CORRUGATED IRON ROOF WHILE THE PRISON GOVERNOR AND HIS OFFICERS TRIED TO TALK THEM DOWN.

    CROWDS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE GRIM JAIL AND RESIDENTS IN NEARBY TERRACE HOUSES WERE OFFERED MONEY BY PEOPLE WANTING TO WATCH FROM THIRD FLOOR WINDOWS. THE THREE MEN SAID THEY WOULD COME DOWN AFTER FOUR HOURS - AND DID.

    WISBEY, ONE OF FIVE TRAIN ROBBERS SERVING 30-YEAR SENTENCES IN TOP-SECURITY JAILS, SHINNED UP A DRAINPIPE AFTER RUSHING WARDERS IN AND EXERCISE YARD. THE MEN WITH HIM ON THE ROOF WERE MARTIN MORGAN, A CONVICTED MURDERER, AND THOMAS RICHARDSON, SERVING A FOURTEEN-YEAR SENTENCE. THEY SHOUTED OVER THE 30-FOOT (NINE METRES) HIGH PRISON WALLS TO PEOPLE IN NEARBY HOUSED THAT THEY WERE STAGING THE DEMONSTRATION TO GET BETTER CONDITIONS. WISBEY SAID HE HAD NO PRIVILEGES AND NO ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER PRISONERS, BUT HE SAID HE WAS NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE STAFF.

    ROBERT WELCH AND JAMES HUSSEY, TWO OTHER MEN JAILED FOR THE GBP2,600,000 MAIL TRAIN ROBBERY IN 1963 - ONE OF BRITAIN'S MOST SENSATIONAL CRIMES - ARE ALSO IN LEICESTER PRISON. THE JAIL HAS A GBP500,000 SECURITY WING, LINKED BY CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION TO POLICE HEADQUARTERS, WHICH WAS SPECIALLY BUILT TO HOUSE LONG-TERM PRISONERS. SEVEN MEN WERE JAILED FOR THE ROBBERY, BUT TWO ARE STILL FREE AFTER SPECTACULAR BREAKS FROM JAILS IN LONDON AND BIRMINGHAM. MOST OF THE LOOT HAS NEVER BEEN TRACED.

    LAST DECEMBER POLICE WERE ISSUED WITH AUTOMATIC RIFLES AT LEICESTER PRISON AFTER UNDERWORLD REPORTS INDICATED THAT AN ATTEMPT MIGHT BE MADE TO FREE MEMBERS OF THE GANG.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6XU8OPNQ3T0SAXKBHMTLKP0XJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6XU8OPNQ3T0SAXKBHMTLKP0XJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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