May 22 1979
My grandfather - a British "Bobby" (sergeant in the police force). He died in 1980 aged 91, on 7th of August. This is an image taken for the Burton Daily Mail which became a national story.
He was the last surviving policeman who attended the Sidney Street siege in 1911 in London (where armed police surrounded an "anarchist" burglary gang). Winston Churchill was then Home secretary, and arrived on the scene to take charge ...
The Siege of Sidney Street, popularly known as the "Battle of Stepney", was a notorious gunfight in London's East End on 3 January 1911. Preceded by the Houndsditch Murders, it ended with the deaths of two members of a politically motivated gang of burglars and international anarchists supposedly led by Peter Piatkow, a.k.a. "Peter the Painter", and sparked a major political row over the involvement of the then Home Secretary, Winston Churchill.
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