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Houndsditch Murders and the Sidney Street Siege

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This story refers to PC Choat and Chief Inspector Hayes who both attended 11 Exchange Buildings on that terrible night.


Just to recap Police Constable Choat was a physically big and strong individual and he was the one that caught and held on to George Gardstein, one of the robbery gang. To force the Police Constable to let go of Gardstein, other members of the gang repeatedly shot the constable until he could take no more.


'''''Choat's condition suggested that he had offered resistance to the assailants. No less than 6 bullets had struck him, three in the trunk and three in the left thigh, calf and foot, two of the latter had passed right through. Police Constable Piper came to Choat's aid and he was placed in a hand-litter. Chief Inspector Hayes arrived at this point and spoke to him. The constable's lips moved in reply but in the hubbub it was impossible to make out what he said.''''' [Battle of Stepney by Colin Rogers.]


Now here we have Chief Inspector D G Hayes, City of London Police medals being sold at DNW Auction on the 13th of October 2021, obviously they wont go for £300 to £400......... but for much more.


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