The Siege of Sidney Street of January 1911 was a gunfight in the East
End of London. During an attempted jewellery robbery at Houndsditch by a
gang of immigrant Latvians, their leader George Gardstein was mortally
wounded. Two weeks later, the last two unapprehended suspects were
tracked down at 100 Sidney Street in Stepney. Local residents were
evacuated, and a gunfight broke out with the police. After a six-hour
siege, a fire consumed the building, and the bodies of the two suspects
were found within. One of the firemen, Superintendent Charles Pearson,
was killed when the building collapsed. The siege marked the first time
the police had requested army assistance in London to deal with an armed
stand-off. It was also the first siege in Britain to be filmed, by
Pathé News. Winston Churchill, the Home Secretary, who was present at
the siege, said that he gave no instructions to the police, but a
Metropolitan police history of the event contradicted this. One of those
arrested for the robbery had his conviction overturned on appeal; the
rest were acquitted. The events were fictionalised in novels and in the
films The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The Siege of Sidney Street
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1. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) To boast.
2. (Northern Ireland) To skim or slide along a surface.
3. (Scotland, slang) To slip, such as on ice.
4. (Scotland, slang) To drink a large amount of alcohol.
5. (archaic, vulgar) To defecate, to shit.
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enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in
equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and
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