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THE GUARDIAN Tuesday January 29 1974 Firearm plot ' collapsed at Heathrow' Plea to letRC priests marry By GARETH PARRY ' A blonde Ampriean ivaitrocc Unruunn -vww, M OlIUU" student planned to smuggle a plot to secure the release Keeper, and a Pakistani guns into Britain as part or ju raoroccan prisoners, of The waitress flew into Britain and the plot collapsed at London Airport. The girl found that she could not lift tne gun-laden trunk, and a Customs officer offered to THREE HEADS are better than two ? Visitors appreciating the tricephalous " Theme and Variations : Barbirolli," a cold-cast aluminium sculpture by Byron Howard in the annual exhibition of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. The display is in the City Art Gallery. Picture by Robert Smithies. Two died in lethal fumes Space satellites show new Ice. Age coming fast By ANTHONY TUCKER, Science Correspondent Rise in foreign abortions By our .Social Services Correspondent The steep annual increase in the number of women trom overseas coming to Britain for abortions is levelling off. The provisional total for last year has gone up by only 4,000, compared with a rise of 30,000 between 1971 and 1972, the Abortion Law Reform society said yesterday. J. he society has estimated the number of foreign and British abortions for the whole year in advance of offieal figures, and forecasts that the total almost 170,000 will be the smallest increase under the 1967 act. In 1972, 152,913 terminations were carried out. The majority of British women wno are not able to get a National Health Service abortion now go to non-profit making pregnancy advisory services rather than to commercial organisations. About 33,000 of 60,000 terminations in this category last year were arranged through charitable concerns. A survey of 1,000 clients of one such body, the Pregnancy Advisory Service, published yesterday, refutes the charge that women who have abortions are irresponsible or promiscuous, as critics of liberal abortion laws sometimes hold them to be. Their case histories show multiple problems desertion by husbands and boyfriends, low income, bad housing, and emotional pressure from relatives which led to the decision not to continue a pregnancy. Of the 1,000 women whose cases were looked at last month, 20 per. -ceflt ,were finable to manage on their present income. The ability to continue working was vital to 48 per cent who supported themselves and contributed to the family budget. The wages of 42 per cent of the married women in the sample were necessary to their economic survival, since many earned more than husbands in unskilled work. Pressure on single women to have abortions was more severe in every way 26 per cent had been deserted by their boyfriends, 50 per cent were dependent on their own earnings, and many were denied both emotional and financial support from parents. A third of single women had responsibilities to dependent relatives. QC says trous flooding, is a feature of the overall trend. The Brisbane low pressure area appears to have started life as a normal Pacific cyclonic feature moving along a" normal south-easterly curving track. But instead of recurving towards the southwest, it was blocked by an anticyclone to the south of Australia. It happens that blocking antic-vclones play an imnortant role in the characteristics of weather in the northern heroiherp and account for some adverse changes in our own climate. The trends appear to bp cyclic, fairlv lone-term and extremely important. It is therefore surprising that, in Britain at least, sunpnrt for scientific analvsis of the his-torv of climate is almost nonexistent. But Nottingham at least is fiehting off Hip advancing ico asp grass i erowinu and seeds are sprouting there now. The artificial snring has been created by the underground hot water pipes which now carry heat to thousands of homes in the city. As an experiment city officials scattered grass seeds on wasteland near the central library and grass is shooting up there and in other areas where the pipes are. the newness oi the technique the findings are important and it is a matter of some urgency that they should be re-examined by other groups. It is particularly important to know whether the earth's reflectivity is changing, for this is one of the factors in which a change tends to be self-perpetuating until some new worldwide balance is reached. An increase of snow and ice cover coupled with a decrease in cloud, or even with no change in cloud cover, means that more of the incoming energy from the sun is reflected straight out again, thus further reducing temperatures. The Columbia University findings suggest that at present the mam changes are not in the general area of winter snow and ice coverage but in the continuation of coverage- later and' later into the spring. This appears to be true of both the northern and southern hemispheres. In the highly complex dynamics of world weather patterns an interconnection of some kind between major events is inevitable, but often obscure. It could be, for example, that the extraordinary occurrence of a stationary low pressure area over Bris-tanc. with its attendant disas Fottinger and QC in new clash George Pottinger, senior civil servant, said when his cross' examination continued at Leeds Crown Court yesterday, that suggestions made by prosecuting counsel were " offensive." He was being questioned by Mr Peter Taylor. QC, during a trial now in its tenth week. Air Pottinger (57). of Gul- lane. East Lothian, is accused with John Poulson (63). former international architect. of Pontefract. Both plead not guilty to charges of corruption. air i'ouison nas admitted giving gifts valued at 30.000. and Mr Pottinger admits receiving them. But corrupt intent is denied. Mr Pottlneer toJd Mr Tavlnr it was ludicrous tn snopst that he could have helped when Mr Poulson went to Edinburgh in April, 1970, to discuss school costs with Sir-Norman Graham, of the Scottish education department. Sir Norman met Mr Pnnicnn after having lunch with Mr Pottinger. But Mr Pottinger said he did not bmi, , detailed reasoning behind Mr f oulson's visit. He added that Mr Poulson "knew nerfeptlv . had- nothing to do with u,c cuucauon aeparanent." Mr Tavlor saM d..i obtained thn f7Uc nrnri,t.i him without intervention from mo ouoiusn uitice. Mr asked Mr Pottinrror r c..;i he may have been led to believe by you that something may have been done bv you at the Scottish Offivp " Mr Pottinger said there was no intervention and none had been required. When Mr Taylor asked : .u1?.0". mav have believed that ? Mr Pottinger replied You can go on making these, what I find, offensive suggestions. Mr Pottinger added that he did not think any word from him would have had any effect on Sir Norman's conduct. Earlier Mr 'Jaylor had questioned Mr Pottinger about Aviemore, the Highland tourist project to which Mr Pottinger was seconded for a period He asked if it would be possible to do things in furtherance of Aviemore which would be improper. Mr Pottinger said this was a wide-ranaine ouestinn voru difficult to answer. But if he had tried to influenc hntoliorc there to accept Mr Poulson as their architect he might have thought it would have been in iunnerance ot Aviemore. Mr Tavlor asked if it wnnhi be wrong for Mr Pottinger to take up the cudgels for Mr Poulson in any dispute within the Aviemore consortium or between Mr Poulson end the consortium. Mr Pottineer thoueht it would be proper to consider if the view expressed by Mr Poul son was in the consortiums interests. The trial continues today. By BADEN HICKMAN Father Michael Richards, editor of The Clergy Review, one of the most respected of the Roman Catholic Church's publications in Britain, proposes today that Catholic priests snould be allowed to marry and continue their work as priests. He also calls for the oraination or married men. "The sacrament of holy order should be received by both celibate and married," he writes, " and ordination itself should not De a bar to marriage. That an ordained minister should undertake to live the sacrament of marriage should be understood as a true part of his dedication as a living sign of the relationship between God and his people." Father Richards, who includes celibacy in a review of the Catholic Church's developing theology, says the Church had always had to be on its guard against any misinterpretation of celibacy which would undermine the Christian conviction of the goodness of marriage. There was now a need to re-examine its laws. The Church had to make sure that there was no suggestion of some impurity being attached to marriage and that those who celebrated the eucharist should be untouched by it. "The clearest way of making this plain would of course be to allow married men to celebrate the eucharist, to be bishops, presbyters, and deacons," he adds. (The only exception to a celi bate priesthood, rigidly upheld by the Catholic Church, is the ordination of married ministers who seek admission from other denominations.) Father Richards says that in future the celibate state and the ordained ministry must be much more clearly distinguished. To limit holy orders to unmarried men was too narrow and suggested that only th" unmarried could truly and fully understand the Gospel and t?kc responsibility for administering the Church's life. Hp claims personal experience is not irrevelant to the issue. ' Risk' in arresting By our Correspondent A police sergeant said at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday that he would not have been prepared to make an arrest from a group of 20O angry pickets he saw walking 10 abreast throush a Shron- shire housing site during the laz nunaing strike. " Their mood was such that we would not have been able to effect an arrest if we had wished to said Serseant Clive Theodore, of Donnington, Shropshire. " We would not have stood a chance." He was giving evidence at the trial of eight men who plead not guilty to unlawful assembly and fighting and making an affray at Brookside, Telford, Shropshire, in September. 1972. Sergeant Theodore- said that when he arrived at the site one of the pickets approached, saying, " For Christ's sake can you get me a loudhailer. I will try and cool them off. Some of thorn have gone berserk." The sergeant sa'd that when he caught up with the main body of men, the leading group was carrving sticks and shouting, " Cnmp out. you scabs." But about 70 ner cent of the group were orderly. The pickets were angry but he saw no damage caused and had no reason to intervene. The hearing continues today. Fire-risk assurance to parents By our own Reporter Teachers and Daremts anxious about Are risks in system-built schools were given an assurance yesterday by the principal architect of Onward, the leading local authority consortium in North-west England. "There have been a number of reports recently suggesting that buildings using consortium systems have a high fire risk," said Mr Bernard Ford. "It would be wrong to condemn all consortia systems and construction methods simply because of publicity given to fires in schools buiit in one particular system." He added that his consoitiiun had always been particularly conscious of fire prevention, and a committee of chief fire officers kept a close watch on building materials and methods. The Onward system had load-bearing walls, and not Hgbt steel frames, as were used by some other consortia. " In a recent fire "at a school in Bootle, the flames were contained within a small part of the building for about an hour and a half," said Mr Ford. "There is no doubt that this was due to the use at fire-stops, which are 'strongly recommended by Onward."- pickets a court at Uxbridge heard ' help. Five automatic pistols and 150 rounds of ammu nition were found in i secret compartment. Allison Thompson (18) Abdel'kibir El-Hakkaoui (25) and Ather Naseem (21) were committed for trial in custody charged with possessing weapons and ammunition in con travention of the Firearms Act, 1968. The plot was to be executed in France. Mr Dorian Williams, prosecuting, told the court. In an alleged statement to the police, Mr EI-Hakkaoui said he wanted to make a name for himself and gain recognition trom an organisation referred to as UNFP a Moroccan terror ist group, 30 of whose members were in prison. He was to kidnap a high-ranking French official in Paris and hold him to ransom until the Moroccans were freed. Although the plot failed, and some of the weapons were not in good condition, tne wnoie affair was said Dy ponce io oe " not just a clumsy effort." But it was agreed that the two men were not involved with Black September or any other antr Zionist organisation. Miss Thompson, it was alleged, was persuaded to bring the trunK into tteainrow on December 29, in return for a Daid triD to Britain. She told an immigration officer that she was here for a month's holiday But she had only 12 on her and the official was not satisfied. Then the Customs man found the weapons in the trunk. Miss Thompson told police later that she thought there was "something" in the trunk when the two men asked her to take it to Britain. She was alleged to have told police : " I realised that if l pushed tnem too far. I would not get the trip." Mr EI-Hakkaoui had gone with a Miss Giulia McCartney. She said, in an alleged statement to the police that she met him at a West End ballroom earlier in December. He spoke of assassinations, revolution, and other political matters which she did not understand. At Heathrow she approached Miss Thompson, who had been temporarily released by Cus toms. Miss Thompson told her : Things looK bad. They have searched my trunk." Mr Williams told the court that Miss McCartney had been used as an innocent dupe. Miss Thompson gave police a description of Mr El-Hakkaoui and Mr Naseem, who were arrested on the airport coach to London. Both men. said the prosecution, would appear to have been politically activated But there was no evidence that Miss Thompson had ever been involved in pontics. Ince may "The irresistible inference for you is that Ince may have "u,i"" ""n am i p- The trial conlinues today. Union The Society of Graphical and Allied Trades, a printing union, Is carrying out an inquiry into printing done Inside prisons. When the Inquiry la complete SOGAT will be making representations to the prison authorities. This action, together with the new concern about the subject ot prison work being shown by London trades councils, indicates that trade unionists are beginning to take an interest in an area they have chosen in the past to ignore. They are being encouraged In this by PROP, the radical prison reform group, which says that new developments in prison work could undermine the unions' bargaining positions. Prison labour could even be used for strike breaking, PROP suggests. Plan for regional film centres By MICHAEL MORRIS Britain is to have a chain of centre, to be opened at GlaS' have been killer regional film centres, where copies from the National Film Archivp will he seen for the k ,,.r;,i r nr,Anr Tho first time outside London. The centres, planned by the British Film Institute, will also make non-commercial films on low hnrtsTBis with the helD of the Mrs June Lightfoot, aged 25. and her daughter Tracey, aged 2. were found dead in bed in their fume-filled room when police broke in, an inquest was told at York yesterday. Beside them in their house in Westwood Terrace. York lay Mr Alan Lightfoot, aged 30. who was also a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, but who is now recovering in hospital. All three 'had been examined bv their family doctor some weeks earlier. Dr Kenneth Bruce said he had found Mr Lightfoot to be suffering from migraine. He agreed with the coroner. Mr Anthony Morris, that headaches were one of the chronic effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr Neville Dobey said that he had seen Tracey on November 14 and diagnosed gastroenteritis When asked if "her condition could have been due to poisoning, he replied : "Sickness could be but it seemed a fairly typical attack of gastro-enteritis." He had examined Mrs Lightfoot twe weeks after her daughter and said she was suffering from a depressive illness. A pathologist, Dr Michael Green, said that because of the leakma fumes from the central heating the family would have become unconscious when they went to bed. Mr Lightfoot sur vived because he had been less exposed to the fume than his wife. Gas Board officials said the central heating system, installed four years ago, had not been checked for over a year before the deaths and they discovered a blockage in the heat exchange unit. The fault had caused incomplete combustion and lethal fumes. The coroner recorded verdicts of misadventure. Quarry plan referred to Rippon By our Regional Affairs Correspondent Representatives of the Peak Park Planning Board and Derbyshire County p.Iannlng committee agreed yesterday that ICI's applicai.'on to extend its Tunstead quarry into the park should be referred to the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Rippon. Alderman Norman Gratton. a member of both bodies, who chaired the joint meeting in Buxton, said it was felt that there should be an opportunity tor a puduc inquiry and that no decision should be made until the Sandford Committee on National Park Policy and the Stevens Committee on Mineral Workings had reported. Since in ma not intend to start quarrying on the new site for 12 years there was no need to nurry tne decision, he' said. The Tunstead quarry produces more than six million tons of limestone a year. The company wants to extend opera- cms to cover ee acres outside the national park and about 200 acres Inside it. The result would be a crater 300ft. deep. The application has been made well in advance of the intended Start of operations so that the site can be screened by trees. More than 40 objections have been lodged, from villagers at Wormhill, near the site, and from the Conservation Society, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, the National Farmers' Union, the British Mountaineering Council, and the Ramblers' Association. WORLDWIDE and rapid trends towards a mini Ice Age are emerging from the first long term analyses of satellite weather pictures. Of potentially great importance to energy strategies and to agriculture, but barely observable yet in Britain because our weather is strongly buffered by the Atlantic, a preliminary analysis carried out at Columbia University, New York, by the European climatologists Doctors George and Helena Kukla indicates that snow and ice cover of the earth increased by 12 per cent during 1967-1972. This appears to be in keeping with other long-term climatic changes, all of which suggest that after reaching a climax of warmth between 1935 and 1955, world average temperatures are now falling. But the rate of increase, of snow and ice cover is much faster than would be expected from other trends. The technique employed, which was first described in this country last year during a conference at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, depends on the averaging of information from - standard and infra - red satellite weather pictures. In spite of Engineer 'relied on architect' The borough engineer of Douglas, Mr Leslie Powell, had "relied completely" on the Manx architect, Mr James Lomas, during the planning stages of the Summerland en tertainments centre, the public inquiry into the fire was told yesterday. Mr Powell, who has been unwell, gave evidence before the tnree-man commission tor an hour. He will give evidence for an hour each day until nis testimony is completed. Mr Powell, borough engineer since 1963, said that Summer-land was the biggest building project ever undertaken 'iy Douglas corporation. The Douglas firm of J. Philipps Lomas and Partners had been awarded the contract as principal architects in preference to another Douglas firm because Mr Lomas's ideas we're " rather more imaginative." Dealine with the use of the acrylic glazing material, Oro-glas, at Summerland, Mr Powell said he had had extensive discussions with Mr Lomas about the material. The inquiry continues today. By PETER COLE release would be brought about by the introduction of offset litho . (a photographic printing method) into the workshop. The letter goes on to say that, while the letterpress printing was done for the prisons and' the Stationery Office with offset lltho. the prison would need to look to the trade. Any work , contracted to prisons --by -the trade would be expected to be paid for at current market rates. It, Is suggested that a meeting should take place to discuss the n.atter. The Heme Office admitted yesterday that inch a letter had been sent. There ' had been a meeting, and there had been a plan to introduce .offset printing at Blundeston. George Henry Ince, acquitted of murdering Mrs Muriel Institute's film production Newcastle upon Tyne, Liver-board. Po' Sheffield, and Birming- jt-auence, may nave Deen ner eise. un tne evidence it could killer, Mr Oliver Martin, QC, have been." defence counsel, told the jury Mr Brook, who comes from yesterday in the Barn Restaur- Leeds, said he met Mr Johnson ant murder trial. in 1967 while in prison. In Mr Martin, said at Chelms- Dartmoor he arranged to buy a ford Crown Court his defence gun for 100, and collected it was that Mr Ince or another, two days after he had com-and not his client, John Brook, pleted a sentence for assault was at the restaurant on the Two days before the night of the killing The case killing of Mrs Patience, Mr was "probably unique in our Johnson asked if he could criminal trials." supply a weapon, saying he Mr Ince was tried for the wanted to put the fnghteners murder of Mrs Patience and on somebody." The gun was faced two charges of attempted handed over wrapped in news-murder. The jury disagreed at Paper at a London hotel next the first trial, and at the dav: , .... second trial he was acquitted. ,Mr. Brook sd Mr Johnson Mr Brook (30). and Nicholas aske2 him to book a room at James de Clare Johnson (30), ?nbe- London hotel for the unemployed, both of no settled following Sunday night-address, have pleaded not November 5, 1972. He arranged guilty to the murder of Mrs to meet him at Liverpool Street Patience, and ether charges. ?tt'0,n ?n. tne s"!"1av v"""- Tkn.. .,.,, nn tha Tncti. Alley nai won " tute's library and information department in London, which has 20,000 books and periodi- cals, 2,000 scripts, and 750,000 stills. The Institute has pro- vided capital for the first . Dustmen back Work at all cleansing depots in Manchester was back to normal yesterday when 800 dustmen returned after a strike over an incentive bonus scheme. It will take from one to three weeks to clear refuse. Further action has been threatened if the scheme is not applied "across the board" withi.i 21 days. gow next month or March, at a eosl 01 Negotiations are well advanced for the second, at Brist0, an(J n,,,,.,. the Greater Manchester Council will decide on the principle of one in its area: others expected to follow eventually will be in nam. The Glasgow centre will have a special viewing room, where copies of 23,000 films will be shown. If there is a big demand, and copyright per- mission can be obtained, some films will be shown under the supervision of Institute staff in a 400-seat auditorium. The use of the archive outside London will help to end criticism that the Institute has concentrated its services on the capital. The films include everything from ' silents " to work of great modern directors. Most of the films will be set up by the Institute in partnership with local authorities, universities, or trusts. SOGAT, because 1 knew they had unemployed members In the area where the prison was planning to offer printing. If firms can get their printing done inside prisons, they might go there rather than use union labour." If work done inside prisons made workers outside unemployed, said Mr Ward, while the prisoners were being paid less than 1 a week, then the taxpayer would be supporting both the unemployed printer and the prisoner's family. - The London Federation of Trades Councils recently passed a resolution supporting PROP demands "that all prisoners employed In prison Industries be paid trade union rates of pay to enable them to support their families and to prevent prisoners being used as cheap labour for breaking strikes." worried over gaol labour Mr Martin said Miss Beverley Patience had identified Mr Ince as the killer. "Young. good sighted, clued-up, with it, having a view of that gunman for 20 minutes to half an hour, looking down the end of a gun at him can you imagine that those features were not stained on her mind forever?" The Patiences had suifered a grevious loss in the most horrifying circumstances, "Would it not be absolutely intolerable for them to have to go 'through the rest of their lives saying 'We know it was Ince but he got away'"? "It is not perhaps human nature, and that it may be the truth. May. that not be too bitter a pill to swallow, and may there not be a very natural desire to bring someone to justice for the killing? Liberal choice The Liberal Party has chosen Mr Jim Cameron, of Clydebank, area training adviser for the Distributing Industry Training Board, as prospective parliamentary candidate for the new Dunbartonshire East constituency . L. , , Mr Ted Ward, one of PROP'S organisers, claims that there was an attempt to use prisoners at one dock during the container dispute last year. The fact that "the Home Office has been considering using prisoners to do work for private companies is shown by a letter obtained by PROP. It related to . Blundeston' prison, near Lowestoft, and was posted to about 20 local firms by the prison department's regional supervisor. - The letter refers to the. letterpress printing process used in an . East Anglian prison establishment, but says that it Is anticipated that, in 1974, about 15 additional men would be available for training, and that considerably greater opportunities for them on But It had been decided that the plan would not now be implemented. Lack of local demand was one reason. PROP Is campaigning for work done by prison inmates to be paid for at norma! union rates a suggestion supported in principle by Mrs Shirley Williams at a conference last year, when she waa Shadow Home Secretary. PROP'S attitude Is that, because prisoners are paid so little for their work, they are unable to support the families they leave outside. If the prisons were planning to do Work at market rates for private companies, said Mr Ward, then the prisoners doing the work should be paid a reasonable wage. "The most any prisoner earns Is CI. 78 a week, and most earn about 70p," he said. "I got in touch with

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