By Jeremy Josephs
Not anything has ever occurred like Hungerford. The years don't decrease the surprise the state felt on 19 August 1987 whilst it heard the inside track of Michael Ryan's cold-blooded bloodbath of sixteen blameless humans. the writer has back to Hungerford and talked to the survivors from that day. His account does a lot to assist them - and readers - to return to phrases with a mindless act of mass violence.
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Following the sentence, the foreman of the grand jury handed a note to the Recorder, who read it aloud: I have been asked by the foreman of the grand jury to express their appreciation of the conduct of the police at the arrest of the two prisoners charged with the murder of Sir Henry Wilson. They feel that their conduct in unflinchingly facing almost certain death by the performance of their duties is worthy of the highest praise and commendation. They also wish to express their appreciation of the conduct of the civilians concerned in the case.
I received the most enormous assistance from the Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection, including Alan Moss of History by the Yard and Keith Skinner of Causeway Resources. In addition, Phillip Barnes-Warden, Neil Paterson and Paul Dew from the Met Collection, Pamela Pappé and Katie Hamilton from the Peel Centre Library and especially my son, Mark Kirby; all provided diligent and painstaking research on my behalf. Others who kindly gave of their time and assistance were: Keith Foster, Research Advisor, London Metropolitan Police, Andrew Brown, Assistant Departmental Record Officer, Metropolitan Police Directorate of Information, Leanne Fagan, Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service, my son Robert Kirby and Catherine Powell of Police Review.
March immediately tackled Dunne but as he did so O’Sullivan shot him, at close range, in the stomach. Detective Constable Cecil Charles Sayer had joined the Metropolitan Police in 1913 and had served as a constable on ‘F’, ‘H’, and ‘D’ Divisions before being appointed detective constable on ‘B’ Division in August 1920. He had been twice commended by the commissioner, once for the arrest of four men for conspiracy and larceny and, just three weeks previously, for the arrest of two men for cheque frauds.