• Short Summary

    THE 440 BRITISH COMBAT TROOPS WHO TOOK PART IN LAST WEDNESDAY'S DAWN OCCUPATION OF ANGUILLA WAIT WHILE THE POLITICIANS DELIBERATE OVER WHEN THEY WILL BE WITHDRAWN.

  • Description

    THE 440 BRITISH COMBAT TROOPS WHO TOOK PART IN LAST WEDNESDAY'S DAWN OCCUPATION OF ANGUILLA WAIT WHILE THE POLITICIANS DELIBERATE OVER WHEN THEY WILL BE WITHDRAWN. MEANWHILE THE MARINES AND "RED BERET" PARATROOPS ARE FINDING THAT IT IS NO BAD THING TO BE DRAFTED TO A CARIBBEAN ISLAND WHEN THE WEATHER IN BRITAIN IS COLD AND SPRING FLOWERS ONLY JUST COMING OUT.

    ON FRIDAY (21 MARCH) THE BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTRY ANNOUNCED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HOPED TO PULL OUT OVER HALF THE TROOPS WITHIN A FORTNIGHT, AND A SPOKESMAN SAID THEY WOULD BE REPLACED BY ABOUT 100 ENGINEERS WHOSE TASK WOULD BE TO SURVEY THE ISLAND FOR PROJECTS THAT WOULD HELP THE ANGUILLANS.

    BUT THESE PARATROOPS, WHO HAVE NOT FIRED A SHOT IN ANGER DURING THEIR TIME ON ANGUILLA, DO NOT SEEM ANXIOUS TO LEAVE "ACTIVE SERVICE OVERSEAS" AND RETURN TO ROUTINE TRAINING IN BRITISH ARMY CAMPS.

    THE 42 OFFICERS OF LONDON'S METROPOLITAN POLICE FORCE NOW IN CHARGE OF LAW AND ORDER ON THE ISLAND, HAVE BEEN MORE TENSE SINCE SATURDAY (22 MARCH) WHEN 300 DEMONSTRATORS MOBBED THE BRITISH REPRESENTATIVE MR. TONY LEE. BUT FOR THEM TOO THE OFF-DUTY MOMENTS ON A HOT AND DUSTY ISLAND ARE VERY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE AT HOME.

    THEY TOOK OVER FROM THE UNOFFICIAL ANGUILLAN POLICE FORCE WHICH HAD BEEN POLICING THE ISLAND IN SECOND-HAND AMERICAN UNIFORMS SINCE ANGUILLA DECLARED ITS INDEPENDENCE. BUT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO SEEM TO BE FRIENDLY ENOUGH.

    A SUPPLY PLANE OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE LANDS ON THE ISLAND'S AIRSTRIP IN A MASSIVE CLOUD OF DUST. FROM ITS INTERIOR IS UNLOADED A METROPOLITAN POLICE VAN, A NEW SIGHT FOR THE ISLANDERS, WHOSE OWN FORCE HAD NO VEHICLES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA74NDGWXQ4AB9MWKPZG4RU7PES
    Media URN:
    VLVA74NDGWXQ4AB9MWKPZG4RU7PES
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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