50 Years Ago – 3 August 1972

3 August 1972

The IRA announced that they had taken possession of an armour piercing bullet, following the death of two British soldiers who were seated inside armoured plated vehicles.

The Government said that Edward Heath, the Prime Minister (in photo), was considering calling a State of Emergency given the national docks strike as it meant that supplies of food and essential raw materials were stuck at ports. One company confirmed that they were dumping £120,000 of bananas into the sea as they had been unable to unload the produce.

Camden Council said that they would be disregarding the Government’s demand under the Housing Finance Act to increase rents by £1 per week.

The TUC and CBI discussed the creation of a new twelve person peace corps to tackle the growing number of industrial disputes.