Here is another memorable, definitive photograph. This is one of the siege that took place at the Spaghetti House Restaurant on 29th September 1975, when three armed men held six people hostage inside the building for five days, before a single, self inflicted shot from one of the gunmen brought it to an end. One of the armed robbers was Nigerian born and the other two came from the West Indies. When my father was asked if the men would have different treatment because of their ethnic backgrounds he replied, with characteristic straightforwardness: “It makes no difference to this police force whether the hostages were British or foreign, black or brown, or any other colour. They are human beings”.
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|8 – THE BALCOMBE STREET SIEGE|
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