• Short Summary

    A British military policeman died in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, early today (Monday, 1 March) as a hail of petrol bombs turned his patrol car into a mass of flames.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Vehicles burning in street at night
    0.03

    2.
    GV Troops face rioters
    0.08

    3.
    SV Flares and petrol bombs
    0.10

    4.
    GV Truck through streets
    0.16

    5.
    SV Soldier warns crowd
    0.21

    6.
    GV Water-cannon moving through street
    0.26

    7.
    SV Soldiers move along road
    0.32

    8.
    GV Water-cannon being fired
    0.35

    9.
    MV Army officer getting out of Land-rover
    0.38

    10.
    SV Burnt-out Landrover
    0.43

    11.
    GV Street where incident took place Pan to house
    0.50

    12.
    CU Woman speaks BRING UP SOUND
    1.30


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 12): Catholic woman: "....I took blankets out for him and put them over him. We brought the other boy in. I think he was still alive because there was a little pulse beating there (his throat) but then... (indistinct) they could do nothing.... (indistinct)....Please tell the people in England that we are not all savages."




    Initials OS/324 MR/OS/345



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A British military policeman died in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, early today (Monday, 1 March) as a hail of petrol bombs turned his patrol car into a mass of flames. He was the third British soldier to die in Northern Ireland since sectarian rioting began two years ago. Civilians in the Catholic Bogside area, where the attack occurred, tried desperately to save the dying man as he sat trapped in his blazing vehicle. They put out the fire with pans of water - but it was too late. An army spokesman described the attacks on security forces as organised. "There were ten petrol bombs in the air at once," he said.

    This film falls into two parts: first the night attacks and then the aftermath of the policeman's death. The first part carries a sound commentary by BBC reporters Martin Bell. Please note that if this is used the sound should be held down from 22 feet (6.7 metres) to 31 feet (9.4 metres). The interview with the Catholic woman at the end is not always clear as she is in tears but it provides a stark illustration of how sick she is of the violence in Northern Ireland.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABNH2GGETGF4N5TW8HC9UP03PT
    Media URN:
    VLVABNH2GGETGF4N5TW8HC9UP03PT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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