Pacific Post No 95 October 22nd 1945

PACIFIC POST MON DAY ,OCTOBER 22,1945 PACE 3 TAXI MURDER: ARMED 'Dock Strike: CRIME WAVE THEORY No Si$ns 0f End Yet Ho “Pacific Post” Crime Reporter 'LONDON, Sunday. The murder of another London taxi driver (reported in yesterday’s “Pacific Post” )is regarded as heralding in anew wave of armed crime for Britain in the worst American gangster traditions. That is the opinion tOfiiight of Scotland Yard when hunting the killers of “The Duke” —the West End nickname for the taxi driver, Frank Everett, ex-policeman, ex-Guardsman, six-footer, who could take care of himself, hut whose body was found rammed through a narrow aperture in the N.F.S. piiniphou se on the middle of Lambeth Bridge, under the shadow’ of Big Ben. They know that Everett’s murderers, who carefully, drove his blood-splashed taxi away from the scene to Notting Hill Gate, and abandoned it to give themselves ahead start on the police, are stop-at-nothing killers. The bullet hole in the back of Everett’s head confirmed that. Black Market Bill Has Critics The House of Commons de­bated at length a clause in the Supplies and Services Bill, giving the Government full powers for controlling prices. Mr. Ellis Smith, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, defending the Government’s phrasing on a Conservative amendment to alter the words "controlling the prices” to “securing fair prices,” said that the Government wanted powers to deal with evasions. It was receiving thousands of letters asking it to counteract the black market and evasion. It wanted comprehensive powers in order to prevent inflation. The amendment was defeated by 21 to 83. “Since Days of Charles I” Speaking on a further Opposition amendment to limit controlling powers to “necessity or expediency,” Mr. Ellis Smith said that power was wanted to cover non-essential goods. “The people of this country have suf­fered too much from vested interests v o-at“ o, pOTSy of restraint and maintaining prices against what is a fair price,” he said. He declined, when pressed, to give the names of the firms referred to. Mr. Quintin Hogg said that the House was being asked to do something which had not been done since the days of Charles I—the Government was asking for power without revealing its motives to Parliament. The amendment was defeated by 222 votes to 98, and the report stage was concluded. On the third reading the Bill was carried by 199 votes to 108. ------------------------y Duty of the |Opposition “The Government’s inaction ob-j tainin^ powers from Parliament to |prolong the existing war controls j for at least a further five years Is an unmistakable warning of the use it intends to make of its majority and of the dismal prospects which it seems to believe lie ahead of our !country. The Conservative Opposi- I tion’s duty is clearly defined. We j shall criticise where criticism is I needed, seek to amend where I amendment will improve, and shall 1 strenuously oppose every effort, )whether undisguised or camouflag- jed, to whittle away individual j liberties or impose State domina- ! tion.”—Mr. Churchill in a message |to Captain Peter Thomeycroft, j Conservative candidate at the |Monmouth by-election. The matter has been raised in the House of Commons, and the Home Sec­retary (Mr. Chuter Ede), admitted that there had been 47 crimes committed where firearms were used or carried, compared with ten in the corresponding six months of 1944. I have no evidence that there is any considerable illicit traffic in firearms, though some cases have come to notice in which members of the armed forces have attempted to dispose of weapons irregularly brought back from the Con­tinent,” he declared. Many of the police do not share his confidence. Puzzled the Police Scotland Yard to-night was going all out to track down the men who mur­dered Everett in very similar fashion to the “cleft chin” murder of another Lon­don taxi driver. Superintendent Ted Greeno, most hated detective in London criminal circles, heads a group of Yardmen who have worked unceasingly since a patrolling constable saw a leg sticking out of the pumphouse. “The Duke”—so nicknamed because he frequently went down to his evacuated wife in Gloucestershire, smiling at jibes from his fellow cabbies—was once a police sergeant at Kensington, and knew all the answers for tough customers. A feature which puzzled the police at first was why the body had been forced into the pumphouse and not dumped in the Thames. Into Nearest Hiding Place The presence of a marine police boat near the bridge and the headlights of a carat either end, are expected to bethe reason for this. The killers, the police think, realised that a splash would give them away and cause an immediate chase, so they cold­ bloodedly rammed Everett’s body into the nearest hiding place. Then they drove the car to Notting Hill Gate. Looking pale and drawn, Mrs. Everett, the widow, has arrived in London with a police escort from Mayhill Longhope, Gloucestershire. The murder has caused the biggest round-up in Soho, Kensington, Lambeth, Brixton, and the West End of London for many months. A check for fingerprints on the cab has produced many sets to baffle Super­intendent Fred Cherrill, the Yard’s fingerprint expert. Chief Inspector William Chapman, indirect charge of the case, has statements from West End nightclub attendants and fellow drivers of the dead atman the Brixton Garage of the London Central Cab Comany. He is faced with the problem of finding who Everett’s fares were between 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, when he picked up a fare outside a nightclub, and the time he was killed—put provisionally around 5 a.m. The position in the British dock strike is still obscure, although fresh attempts were made during the week-end to end the deadlock. A meeting of the Birkenhead branch of the Transport and General Workers' Union (Docks Section) at Birkenhead, where the dispute began, by the over­whelming majority of thirty-eight votes to three approved a resolution to ter­minate the strike, but after an all-day conference, the Merseyside Dock Strike Committee unanimously agreed to re­commend the continuation of the strike. Scots to Start Seven hundred men Idle at Greenock have decided to work and it was stated that a full start would be made this morning, but the position in London is stated to be unchanged. The Minister for Labour, Mr. George Isaacs, stated during the week-end that 38,700 men are on strike in Britain’s docks and that there is no material change in the situation generally. “The strikers’ action cannot be de­fended,” he said. “Neither the employers nor the trades unions can have confid­ence in negotiating new agreements while obligations under existing agree­ments are being repudiated in this way.” The strikers are trying to persuiade non-striking union members to join them. To-dav’s Smil Sea Cadet Did Admiral’s Job A London Sea Cadet, sixteen-years-old Mann,A. of St. Clement Danes’s Unit, read Nelson’s prayer at the Navy League’s fiftieth cele­bration of Trafalgar Day in Trafalgar Square, on Satur­day. The prayer is usually read \by an Admiral. ^'BEFORE W7T~ Portsmouth City Council has accepted from a former townsman in Canada a water-colour sketch of the old Sema- “Daily Telegraph” Industrial P i 'w i ifs w P i i i m wPSWWfPHBli waterfront and was used to send mes­sages to the Admiralty. More Troops Available The Ministry of War Transport and the War Office are preparing to in­crease the number of troops available for work at the affected ports. Another six thousand troops of Port Operating Companies have been trans­ferred to England from Europe. Athough cuts in rations have so far been avoided, the clearing of ships at the ports affected by the strike is not yet on a satisfactory scale, states the Corres- Prolongation of the strike is also caus­ing dislocation of the export trade. THEY WILL STAY ON Figures made available at the War Office show that 14,739 officers and 11,446 other ranks have voluntarily deferred their release from the Army, and will serve for a further one or two years, or until general demobilisation. These figures are to the end of August, 1945, only. They will show &large increase in September. They are exclusive of the 37,000 other ranks and 2,700 officers who have entered the regular army during the war. In the period to the end of August, 722 officers and 2,803 other ranks of the A.T.S. and §17 nursing officers and 272 ENGINEER’S D.S.C. Lieutenant (E.)S. G . Legge, R.N .,of Chatsworth Avenue, Cosham, has been decorated by the King with the D .S.C. Lieutenant Legge served in the mine­sweeper H.M.S. Polruan, and is now in H .M.S. Albrighton. Plane Crash Near Croydon Three of the crew of seven Canadian airmen in a Dakota transport plane were killed when it crashed in Mitchley Avenue, Purley (Surrey), a few minutes after taking off from Croydon Airport. Commander Gordon Lloyd, R.N.V.R., on leave from the Par East, and his wife were among the rescuers who pulled the injured men from the wreckage. The plane slid down the front of a house, which was temporarily unoccu­pied. coming to rest against its side tmt-h atv'fuwirwa. hnr-ied t.h#»in e’a.rrien. mun r mn, .A.DV .Shave deferred their release and FUTURE SERVICE CONDITIONS WILL “,“r the ”“BEr“M RAISED IN DEMOB DEBATE The Conservative Opposition will not press for a division in the Demobilisation debate in the House of Commons early this week, which, according to present intentions, Mr. Winston Churchill will open for his party, states Reuter’s Political Correspondent. If Mr. Churchill is unable to be pres­ent, Mr. Anthony Eden will speak, and the Conservative winding up for the Opposition is likely to be Mr. AR. Butler, former Minister of Education. One aspect of naval, military and air force service on which the opposition is Britain’s Woman Diplomat In U.S. Mrs. Marjorie Spikes began some­thing new in diplomacy when she overtook the post at the British Embassy at Washington as Attache in charge of Women’s Affairs. At a press conference she termed the job an experiment, and defined it as liaison with American women’s orga­ nisations, particularly in the field of welfare. “I expect you to take a leaf out of our book and send someone to Britain,” she said. For Experiment Two liners now being built for Bri­tain will carry helicopters to fly off mail and urgent light freight as they near port. Three of Germany’s Focke Angelis 233 helicopters, the largest “hover planes” yet built, have been sent to Britain, Russia, and America for exoeriment. understood to be anxious is the question of the permanent conditions for long­ term sailors, soldiers, and airmen. There is a belief that many men at present serving will be willing to stay in the forces if they have a clear indication as to conditions of service which are to be offered. There appears to be general recogni­tion in all parts of the House of Com­mons of the difficulties which confront the Government in the demobilisation issue, particularly as it is complicated by changes in the strategy that maybe necessary as a result of the emergence of the atomic bomb. RAZOR SLASHER Officials of Peterhead Prison, on the Scottish north-east coast, are investigat­ing an assault by a convict on Warder James Post, who was slashed with a razor during a search of prisoners. lar terms. The total o f Army volunteers on vir­tually indefinite engagement reaches 30,499. It is considered probable that the fig­ure will surpass, if it has not already done so, that for the regular army rec­ruiting during the last six years. “Look here! /think that be­fore you destroy the contents of those files, you’d better make a copy of everything and file UP* —“PocketBook Weekly.” BRITAIN GAVE THE MOST Striking figures illustrating the extent of Britain’s war sacrifices by comparison with the United States and Canada, are given in a statement regarding the im­pact of the war on civilian con­sumption issued by the Combined Production and Resources Board. Twenty-two percent, of Britain’s total labour force was in the armed forces or civi} defence, compared with eighteen percent, in the United States and sixteen percent, in Canada. Sacrifices Greater British munition workers worked sub­stantially longer hours than those of the United States, and British consumption fell sharply in every category of the con­sumption of goods, whereas consumption in the United States and Canada in­creased. The broad conclusion reached in the report is that the material sacrifices made by British civilians' towards win­ning the war were substantially greater than those made either by the Ameri­cans or the Canadians. Meteor Exceeds 600 m.p.h. Mechanics at the Gloster Aircraft Company’s aerodrome have worked through the night repairing a damaged aileron on the Meteor jet plane, which has already passed 600 miles an hour in an unofficial flight, and will attempt the world’s record at Herne Bay early in the week. The pilot of the plane when it passed 600 m.p.h. was Squadron-Leader Stan- bury. TARGET SMASHED The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust in­vested £5,000 in Portsmouth’s Thanks­giving Week, which exceeded its target of £750,000. Nazi Cries In Cell (Continued from page 1) Ribbentrop looked very grave ashe studied the document. Keitel and Jodi, as usual, showed little emotion. The indictments had been served by a British lawyer who explained to the Nazis their rights. Hitler’s economic adviser, Funk, broke down and cried:“ I would like some officer appointed by the court in order to discuss my defence.” Jew-baiter Streicher asked immediately when he could arrange about his coun­sel. Handed a list of counsel (including several with Jewish names), he said: “I couldn’t ask a Jew to defend me.” Jodi, who asked if he should choose a criminal lawyer oran international law­yer, was told any lawyer was acceptable. Ribbentrop said he wanted to think the matter ovgr before saying anything. The ex-ruler of Occupied Poland, Hans Prank, when told he had the chance to see counsel, burst into tears and shouted:“ I am trying to preserve my health. I have the greatest interest in the con­clusion of this trial.” The Berlin correspondent of the “Daily Express” says indictments haw not been served on Raeder or Fritsche, because both are said to be in Russian hands. The Russians, however, have undertaken to serve them with the papers and deliver up the men before the trials begin. Russian newspapers, recalling all the horrors of the German invasion of Russia, are demanding a speedy and merciless trial and execution of the Nasi leaders. Three Killed In Wrecked Cafe Three people were killed and the Vic­toria Cafe, King Street, Plymouth, was wiecked when an attempt was made to light the pilot jet under the tea-urn. A passing cyclist was blown off hie machine and across the road.
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