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    The Central Criminal Court in London, UK, - popularly known as "The Old Bailey".... It?

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    The Central Criminal Court in London, UK, - popularly known as "The Old Bailey".... It is here that one of the biggest post-war spy trials will begin on March 13th.

    Five people have been charged, among them Mr. and Mrs. Kroger of Ruislip, near London. In their bungalow, and extraordinary assortment of spying equipment was found.. A radio transmitter, concealed under a trapdoor in the kitchen; a radio transmission schedule, hidden in a cigarette-lighter, which led to special transmission from Moscow being picked up; and minute pieces of film - photographs of documents shrunk down to microscopic size by special equipment, and known as micro-dots.

    Secret information about British anti-submarine plans and about the first British nuclear submarine "Dreadnought" was obtained - it is alleged - from the naval underwater warfare establishment at Portland, Dorset, UK. Charged with getting the information are two Admiralty civil servants - Henry Houghton and Elizabeth Gee, who worked at the Portland establishment.

    The "Dreadnought" - fitted with a United States-designed nuclear power plant - was launched by Queen Elizabeth in October, 1960, at Barrow-in-Furness, UK.

    At cafes and public houses in the London district near Waterloo station and the Old Vic Theatre, the secret information, according to the prosecution, was passed by Houghton to the other accused person, Gordon Lonsdale, said to be a Russian. Lonsdale, Houghton and Miss Gee were arrested together at Waterloo Station.

    The counter-espionage operation which resulted in the five arrests was planned at Scotland Yard, London. Headquarters of the British Police, by two officers of the Special Branch.

    The Old Bailey trial is expected to last about two weeks, and the penalty for the offences with which the five are charged is imprisonment for not less than 3 years, and up to a maximum of 14 years.

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