• Short Summary

    A LIFE AND DEATH DRAMA IN LONDON THIS AFTERNOON (TUESDAY) WHEN A MAN, HOLDING A YOUNG CHILD IN HIS ARMS, APPEARED ON THE ROOF OF A 60 FOOT (18 METER) HIGH BUILDING.

  • Description

    A LIFE AND DEATH DRAMA IN LONDON THIS AFTERNOON (TUESDAY) WHEN A MAN, HOLDING A YOUNG CHILD IN HIS ARMS, APPEARED ON THE ROOF OF A 60 FOOT (18 METER) HIGH BUILDING.

    TENSE CROWDS GATHERED IN THE STREET AS POLICE AND FIREMEN EDGED NEAR THE MAN AND HIS 18-MONTH-OLD BABY SWAYING ON THE ROOF TOP. AS THE MINUTES PASSED, A PRIEST PLEADED WITH THE MAN TO COME DOWN, WHILE BELOW SAFETY NETS WERE HELD OUT.

    AS ONE DESPERATE ATTEMPT FAILED, ANOTHER WAS PLANNED. POLICEWOMAN MARGARET CLELAND MOVE ALONG THE PARAPET. TALKING ALL THE TIME, SHE PICKED UP A WHITE COAT AND WENT TO PUT IT ROUND THE BABY'S SHOULDERS. SUDDENLY SHE GRABBED THE MAN AND BABY AND THEY FELL ON TO THE ROOF. BEFORE THE MAN COULD LEAP CLEAR, POLICE AND FIREMEN JUMPED ON TOP OF HIM AND BOTH MAN AND BABY BROUGHT SAFELY DOWN. IT WAS ALMOST TWO HOURS SINCE THE MAN HAD FIRST APPEARED ON THE ROOF TOP.

    WHEN THE 23-YEAR-OLD POLICEWOMAN EMERGED FROM THE BUILDING A TREMENDOUS CHEER CAME FROM THE CROWD WAITING IN THE STREET.

    THE MAN WHO'D KEEP EVERYONE IN SUSPENSE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH HIS BABY SON. HE WAS IDENTIFIED AS A 31-YEAR-OLD GARAGE OWNER WHOSE WIFE HAD LEFT HOME LAST MONTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACWBPUIIMYW8D24VBSF9UHRC7J
    Media URN:
    VLVACWBPUIIMYW8D24VBSF9UHRC7J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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