• Short Summary

    THREE PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMEN WERE SHOT DEAD IN THE LONDON SUBURB OF SHEPHERD'S BUSH THIS AFTERNOON (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    THREE PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMEN WERE SHOT DEAD IN THE LONDON SUBURB OF SHEPHERD'S BUSH THIS AFTERNOON (FRIDAY).

    THE KILLING TOOK PLACE AS THE THREE POLICEMEN STOPPED THEIR UNMARKED POLICE CAR IN A SIDE STREET. IT IS NOT CERTAIN WHAT THEY WERE DOING BUT IT IS BELIEVED THEY WERE ABOUT TO INTERVIEW SOME MEN SEATED IN A PARKED CAR. AS ONE POLICEMAN, DETECTIVE SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER HEAD, A 41-YEAR-OLD BACHELOR, GOT OUT OF THE CAR, HE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD. CONSTABLE DAVID WOMBWELL, 25-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF TWO, WAS KILLED AS HE WENT TO HIS COLLEAGUE'S AID. A THIRD SHOT SHATTERED THE WINDSCREEN OF THE POLICE CAR AND KILLED CONSTABLE GEOFFREY FOX, 41-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF THREE, WHO WAS IN THE DRIVING SEAT.

    EYE-WITNESSES DESCRIBED WHAT THEY SAW:
    ALL AVAILABLE POLICEMEN, INCLUDING MANY WHO RETURNED VOLUNTARILY FROM HOLIDAY, ARE TAKING PART IN THE HUNT, THE POLICE AUTHORITIES HAVE TAKEN THE EXTREMELY RARE STEP OF ARMING POLICE IN THE SEARCH WITH PISTOLS.

    DURING THE SEARCH, DETECTIVES VISITED A FLAT IN THE NORTH LONDON SUBURB OF FINCHLEY WHERE THEY INTERVIEWED A MAN IN CONNECTION WITH OWNERSHIP OF A CAR SEEN AT THE MURDER SPOT DURING THE AFTERNOON. THEY TOOK A BOX WITH THEM WHEN THEY LEFT THE FLAT AND A NUMBER OF OTHER BOXES WERE DELIVERED TO THE POLICE STATION AT SHEPHERDS BUSH.

    POLICE HAVE ISSUED THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THREE MEN THEY WANT TO INTERVIEW AND THE NUMBER OF THE CAR IN WHICH THEY DROVE FROM THE SCENE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7NPZYI4CI3DWM8RD9RP119LRC
    Media URN:
    VLVA7NPZYI4CI3DWM8RD9RP119LRC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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