POLICE ARE PREPARING FOR ANOTHER NIGHT- long wait outside the GLENFIELD house where WALLY MELLISH is still refusing to surrender.
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Background: POLICE ARE PREPARING FOR ANOTHER NIGHT- long wait outside the GLENFIELD house where WALLY MELLISH is still refusing to surrender. There were fresh hopes this afternoon that the 23 year old gunman may give himself up.
He told jail chaplain the reverend CLYDE PATON in a telephone conversation that he was ready to come out of the house.
But by nightfall he was still inside, and newsmen on the scene said it was apparently another of MELLISH's empty promises.
It's now almost seven days since the siege began, and Commissioner NORMAN ALLAN repeated again today that police will wait until MELLISH comes out of his own accord.
Public criticism of police handling of the case came under scrutiny today at a meeting of the NEW SOUTH WALES Police Association.
Members of the Force are believed to be concerned about public reaction to some aspects of the case, and a short while ago they were still conferring.
Today, Commissioner ALLAN defended his actions, and denied that there had been any suspensions from the police force following a reported incident among policemen watching the besieged house.
The report that MELLISH was about to give himself up was the only new incident in an otherwise unchanged day for Police and newsmen. There's still been no food sent in for MELLISH and his wife BERYL, and Police say there's already plenty of baby food in the house for Mrs. MELLISH's three months old son.
Commissioner ALLAN told newsmen that the electricity supply won't be restored to the house, and tonight floodlights will again be used to light up the house.
Psychiatrists advising Police have said that it could be disastrous if Police attempted to rush the house and try to disarm MELLISH.
There's hope that he will surrender peacefully if he's not provoked.
This afternoon, deputy CIB chief, Inspector DON FERGUSON denied that Police had reached "a dead-end"