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.
GV Vehicles burning in street at night
GV Troops face rioters
SV Flares and petrol bombs
GV Truck through streets
SV Soldier warns crowd
GV Water-cannon moving through street
SV Soldiers move along road
GV Water-cannon being fired
MV Army officer getting out of Land-rover
SV Burnt-out Landrover
GV Street where incident took place Pan to house
CU Woman speaks BRING UP SOUND
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."
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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.