9:59am Wednesday 7th March 2012
Despite an extensive search made by the police in London and elsewhere, the whereabouts of Miss Christabel Pankhurst, for whose arrest a warrant had been issued in connection with the recent Suffragette disturbances, had not yet been discovered.
The following description of the missing young lady had been circulated by Scotland Yard: Wanted for conspiracy under the Malicious Damage to Property Act, Christabel Pankhurst, aged about 26, height about 5ft 6in, fresh complexion, eyes dark, hair dark brown, usually wears a green tailor-made costume and a large fashionable hat.
Crowds waited outside Bow Street throughout the day in the hope of seeing Miss Pankhurst ready to go to court on the charge of conspiracy which was now hanging over the heads of her mother, Mr and Mrs Pethick Lawrence, and Mrs Tuke.
But Miss Pankhurst did not gratify these expectations. She was holding aloof - for “the good of the Cause,” it was whispered – and the warrant could not be executed by the diligent detectives.
As no one liked slag heaps, everyone would be interested in an exhibition to be staged from March 23 to 27 at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, Micklegate, York.
One part of the exhibition which had been arranged in conjunction with the Institute of Landscape Architects and the West Riding County Planning Department, dealt with the application of landscape techniques to the reclamation of areas made derelict by colliery workings.
In particular, methods were shown of treating slag heaps so that instead of disfiguring the landscape, they became an attractive part of it.
The second part dealt with landscape design on a more intimate scale, showing its application to industry, hospitals, private gardens and the London Zoo.
It was feared a disaster involving a channel ferry might have claimed 160 lives. The latest toll was 33 dead and 127 missing. There were 379 survivors.
Mrs Thatcher was said by her office to be “devastated” at the extent of the tragedy.
The Townsend Thoresen ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, was lying partly submerged off Zeebrugge, Belgium.
Hopes had faded of finding anyone left alive, and the emphasis of the rescue work had shifted to the grim search for bodies.
But divers continued to search for passengers who might have found pockets of air in the decks of the giant ferry, spurred on by the discovery of three survivors shortly after 3am.
Mr Raymond Nossent, Townsend Thoresen's public relations man in Zeebrugge said: “People never really stood a chance. The ship went over in about a minute.”
Shipping experts were trying to discover how the bow doors had opened, sending a wall of water cascading through the vehicle deck which had turned the vessel over.
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