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On This Day… The Spaghetti House Siege

Written by: George Chittenden : 05 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 28th Sept, back in 1975 when three men attempted to rob a restaurant chain at gunpoint, beginning a six-day siege. The Spaghetti House restaurant in Knightsbridge would close whilst all the managers from London’s various branches of the restaurant chain would meet and deposit their takings there, and the takings would then be paid into a night safe at a nearby bank.

The three men who attempted to rob the restaurant entered at around 1.30am and demanded the weeks takings, but the staff hid the money. The robbers took the restaurant staff into the basement, but the company's general manager took the opportunity to escape out of a rear fire and alerted the police who arrived in minutes.

The siege that followed lasted for six days before the hostages were released. Two of the robbers gave themselves up, but the ringleader Franklin Davies, a 28-year-old Nigerian student who had previously served time in prison for armed robbery shot himself in the stomach. He survived and along with his accomplices received a prison sentence.

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