• Short Summary

    GUNMAN JOHN JAMES HAS BEEN BESIEGED IN HIS FARMHOUSE NEAR SHREWSBURY, IN ENGLAND, FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS.

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    FARMHOUSE; PRESS CARAVANS AND TENTS; DAILY ACTIVITY.




    Initials DHC/V/CR/OS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: GUNMAN JOHN JAMES HAS BEEN BESIEGED IN HIS FARMHOUSE NEAR SHREWSBURY, IN ENGLAND, FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS. ABOUT 100 POLICE ARE WELL DUG IN AROUND THE HOUSE, AND THE SAME NUMBER OF JOURNALISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS HAVE ALSO TAKEN UP A GYPSY EXISTENCE IN THE AREA IN A SERIES OF ROUGH ENCAMPMENTS.

    JAMES LOCKED HIMSELF IN THE HOUSE WITH HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN TWO WEEKS AGO, AND PREVENTED LOCAL POLICE FROM ENTERING BY THREATENING TO USE A SHOTGUN. JOURNALISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO RUSHED TO THE SCENE SHORTLY AFTER THE NEWS BROKE HAVE SINCE BECOME USED TO THE DAYS OF UNEVENTFUL WAITING IN CARAVANS AND TENTS NEAR THE FARMHOUSE.

    THE POST OFFICE HAS SUPPLIED TELEPHONES TO MOST OF THE MAKESHIFT NEWSROOMS. ONE NEWSPAPER REPORTER WAS SAID TO BE FILING STORIES THROUGH TO HIS OFFICE FROM A TELEPHONE INSTALLED IN THE BACK OF A MINI CAR.

    THE NEWSMEN HAVE ADAPTED WELL TO COUNTRY WAYS, AND HAVE EVOLVED A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE TO COPE WITH THE CIRCUMSTANCES (THEY EAT SIEGE STEW, FOR INSTANCE). MOST OF THE MEN ARE WELL SUPPLIED, ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN RELIABLY REPORTED THAT THE TIMES TENT HAS RUN OUT OF WINE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7YKCWRWSWR2YY1FY5UQQD9TOE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7YKCWRWSWR2YY1FY5UQQD9TOE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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