• Short Summary

    POLICE IN LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) KEPT A CLOSE WATCH ON DOCKS, AIRPORTS AND FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN THEIR SEARCH FOR THE ESCAPED SPY GEORGE BLAKE.

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    POLICE IN LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) KEPT A CLOSE WATCH ON DOCKS, AIRPORTS AND FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN THEIR SEARCH FOR THE ESCAPED SPY GEORGE BLAKE. IT IS THOUGHT THAT BLAKE, WHO WAS IN WORMWOOD SCRUBS PRISON SERVING A 42 YEAR SENTENCE FOR SPYING FOR THE SOVIET UNION, MAY ATTEMPT TO SEEK ASYLUM.

    THE POLICE SAY THEY THINK IT UNLIKELY ANY FOREIGN POWER WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ESCAPE WHICH TOOK PLACE LAST NIGHT. BUT IT SEEMS CERTAIN BLAKE WAS HELPED AND THE ESCAPE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS "WORTHY OF PROFESSIONAL CRIMINALS".

    AT ALL SEAPORTS A WATCH IS BEING KEPT, PARTICULARLY WHERE FOREIGN VESSELS ARE IN PORT. IN LONDON DOCKS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF FOREIGN SHIPS, INCLUDING SOME FROM THE SOVIET UNION.

    CHECKS ARE ALSO BEING MADE ON FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE NETWORKS AND BRITISH EXTREMIST POLITICAL ORGANISATIONS CONSIDERED SYMPATHETIC TO THE SPY.

    TWO CLUES IN THE HANDS OF THE POLICE ARE A NYLON ROPE LADDER AND A POT OF GERANIUMS. BLAKE USED THE LADDER TO CLIMB THE PRISON WALL AFTER HE HAD BROKEN HIS WAY THROUGH A BARRED WINDOW. NEITHER THE NYLON ROPE NOR THE KNITTING NEEDLES USED TO STRENGTHEN THE RUNGS OF THE LADDER WOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE TO BLAKE INSIDE THE PRISON. THE POT OF GERANIUMS WAS FOUND OUTSIDE THE WALL AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN USED TO MARK THE SPOT WHERE BLAKE WOULD CLIMB OVER.

    GEORGE BLAKE, NOW AGED 44 YEARS, WAS SENT TO JAIL IN 1961 AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF GIVING BRITISH SECRETS AWAY TO THE SOVIET UNION. HE HAD BEEN WORKING FOR THE BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE SINCE 1948. IN 1950, AS A DIPLOMAT IN KOREA HE WAS IMPRISONED BY THE NORTH KOREANS. HE LATER SAID IT WAS AT THAT TIME THAT HE TURNED TO COMMUNISM, AND THAT FROM HIS RETURN TO THE FOREIGN OFFICE IN 1953 UP TO THE TIME OF HIS ARREST HE HAD PASSED ON TO THE SOVIET UNION EVERY IMPORTANT OFFICIAL DOCUMENT TO WHICH HE HAD ACCESS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADFU8ULAESWGI5T34RQK44G6JX
    Media URN:
    VLVADFU8ULAESWGI5T34RQK44G6JX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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