victims - Sir Peter and Lady Betty Terry
Shockwaves ran through the Midlands in September following a horrifying
IRA gun attack on Air Chief Marshall Sir Peter Terry at his Staffordshire
Doctors revealed that it was impossible to tell how many times
the former Governor of Gibraltar had been shot - but he had received
at least nine bullet wounds.
And medical experts were amazed that Sir Peter survived the night
attack by a cowardly lone terrorist who gunned him down as he sat
reading in an armchair at his home in Milford, near Stafford.
of the attack, the Terry home
The would-be assassin left his 63-year-old victim for dead and
one of the powerful bullets pierced an interior wall of the detached
house, hitting his wife, Lady Betty Terry, near the eye.
The couple's daughter, Liz, was found suffering from shock.
The terrorist's gun shattered Sir Peter's face and two high-velocity
bullets lodged a fraction of an inch from his brain.
Another bullet, fired through the window, devastated his mouth
and jaw, while a fourth lodged in his leg.
Surgeons who operated on the retired RAF chief said that "countless"
bullet fragments riddled Sir Peter's body and many would remain
lodged for the rest of his life.
They said his face would have to be rebuilt over months of complex
and painful plastic surgery.
A five hour operation was carried out at Stafford District General
Hospital, after the attack. Doctors described Sir Peter's condition
as "satisfactory and stable" despite his appalling injuries.
His children, Liz and Stephen were at their father's bedside and
his wife was also receiving treatment.
Police guards were posted in the hospital foyer and the intensive
Police said that, so far, no one had claimed responsibility for
the attack, but they were convinced it was the work of the IRA.
Sir Peter had been a prime target for terrorists since his days
as Governor of Gibraltar, where he signed the documents allowing
the SAS to pursue - and ultimately kill - three IRA terrorists.
The revenge attack took place about 9pm at the Main Road house
as Sir Peter read a magazine.
The gunman crept up to a window and opened fire with a semi-automatic
Jane lucky to evade Saddam's troops: Wolverhampton air hostess
Jane Thomas arrived home safely in September to tell of her nerve-wracking
journey round the crisis-hit Gulf dodging Iraqi troops.
Jane Thomas is hugged by her mum Wendy
The 20-year-old disguised herself as an Arab to escape Saddam
Hussein's army as she and friends battled round Kuwait in blistering
heat as fugitives - with little food, water or washing facilities.
The party tried desperately to avoid soldiers and police, fearful
that they would be taken hostage at gunpoint. Jane had managed to
fly back to Heathrow hours earlier and was spending time at the
home of her mother, Mrs Wendy Lindley, in Bradmore.
She had been working in Kuwait and was forced to leave behind
her stepfather, Cliff Lindley, who was also working there when the
invasion began the previous month.
Jane said that when rumours of the invasion first spread she did
not believe them. But then she saw soldiers and tanks on the streets
of Kuwait City. She said she heard that people were being rounded
up so she decided to escape with some friends. "We covered our faces
with black veils to make it look as if we were natives and travelled
round the country. First we headed for the Saudi border, but we
heard some friends had been picked up there, so we headed back.
"We were finally told to make our way to Baghdad, and we managed
it after a long journey. It was very hot and we had very little
to eat and drink," she went on. She said they eventually got to
Baghdad and from there flew to Heathrow. "When the plane took off
and landed the whole plane was just crying and screaming with relief,"
Walsall to benefit from fall of the wall: Walsall councillor,
Dick Worrall, decided to auction off pieces of the Berlin Wall in
December to raise cash for new facilities for the town's unemployed.
Councillor Worrall had about 50 chunks of the graffiti-covered
Wall, which had been recently opened in an historic move to allow
free travel across the frontier.
He was having earrings made out of the smaller pieces of brick,
which he brought back from Germany.
"It is terribly moving to see the Wall opened. The first time
I was in Berlin was in 1963, so I have never known it without the
Wall," he said.
The councillor said he intended to use the money raised on the
auction to help with the cost of converting council garages into
workshops and community facilities in Whitehouse Street.
College blocks film showing: In June, students at Wolverhampton's
Wulfrun College were banned from showing a controversial film about
the death of Clinton McCurbin who died three years previously in police
The college's Students Union had planned to screen Black and Blue
at its headquarters in Paget Road.
The award-winning film highlighted events surrounding the death
of the black Wolverhampton man.
But union committee members said they had been banned from showing
the film by college principal, Dr Ken Mothersdale.
The union said the principal felt the film was too political and
might cause trouble.
Mr McCurbin died as police tried to arrest him in a Wolverhampton
town centre shop, where he was suspected of using stolen credit
The 25-minute film was said to be highly critical of police attitudes
towards black people.