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Two Arrested at Biograph

During the afternoon of Tuesday February 27, two men were arrested in the Biograph Cinema, at Wilton Hoad, London. They were taken into custody by two uniformed police officers pretending to be cinema-goers. The two men were later charged with committing an act of gross indecency’.

The police were operating in the cinema at the invitation of the cinema’s manager, Mr Wheelan. The two constables, wearing ordinary blue raincoats to hide their uniforms, entered a row of seats and allegedly spotted the two men having a ‘grope’.

On information received from one of the accused, the police advised him to plead guilty to get it ‘over and done with’. The person involved is wisely not taking this advice, without first consulting a solicitor.

GN warns all patrons of the Biograph to be especially wary for the time being. Further details of police activity in this country’s oldest cinema will appear in this paper. If you have any information about the current goings-on at the Biograph, please ring us at Gay News on 01-373 0586.

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Solicitors Protest Over Police

A complaint has been made in the current issue of the Law Society Gazette about the way police drew up a character background of a man accused of a motoring offence in a London trial recently.

The complaint is made by the solicitors who acted for the motorist when he was accused of a drink-driving offence.

The solicitors allege: “Our client’s antecedents prepared by the Metropolitan Police to inform the court of his history and previous convictions included the statement that ‘he is known to associate with homosexuals.'”

ED: Gay News applauds the action taken by the solicitors involved. Let us hope that a full inquiry will result and that the police responsible for this despicable incident – attempting to use the general public’s ignorance and prejudice for their own ends – will not go unpunished.

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Gay News To Attend CHE Morecambe Conference

it is now confirmed that a Gay News reporter will be present throughout the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s First Annual Conference at Morecambe in April.

A full report of the proceedings, plus the GN reporter’s own impressions of this major event will be published in the edition following the conference.

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Utmost Caution

Whilst GN does not wish to moralise or be accused of scaremongering, we think that it is only right to inform you that gay men should take the utmost caution in the vicinity of a well known late night ‘cottage’ in the Olympia/High Street Kensington district of London.

The place referred to is the property of the public house it stands next to.

On information received from usually reliable sources, we understand that members of Hammersmith Police Force are visiting the ‘cottage’ in question frequently between 11.00pm and the early hours of the morning.

No arrests have been reported so far, but the names, addresses and full particulars of these found in the area are being taken by the police.

More details as they arise, in future editions of GN.

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SMG for House of Lords

Lord Archibald has written to Edinburgh’s Scottish Minorities Group offering to call a meeting of Peers and MP’s in the House of Lords on Wednesday March 28, 1973. The meeting will be jointly convened by Lord Archibald and Tom Oswald, MP. Both men have had meetings with SMG members.

Lord Archibald’s Scottish connexions are strong – 52 (yes, 52) years ago he was a Labour Councillor in Glasgow. He is married to the daughter of Bonar Law: she is an energetic woman in her seventies: the historical strands are fascinating! A 4-man SMG team is travelling to London to thrash out the parliamentary tactics towards the successful passage of their proposed Homosexual Reform Bill.

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Gay News Seized In Edinburgh

Copies of Gay News have been seized in five shops in Edinburgh by the police. Issues of Oz, Private Eye (?), Rolling Stone, Cracker and other alternative papers were also ‘taken into custody’ in the raids, allegedly carried out in an attempt to crack down on pornography available in the city.

Obscenity prosecutions are said to be pending. Fuller coverage of this story in the next issue of GN.

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1972 Goes Out In Style for Gay News

LONDON: The editors and members of the editorial collective of Gay News disported themselves briefly in Shepherds Bush, to celebrate the end of the paper’s first half year of existence.

Not that the gays had it all their own way. Sandi Rutenberg, the GN typesetter brought along her South African boyfriend, and Richard Adams, Gay News’ art man brought along his wife.

The Christmas issue of Gay News was read by more people than have bought any other issue, as sales are up by about 1,000 — another reason for the editors to celebrate six months of publishing.

When Gay News first appeared it made British publishing history, as the first independent gay newsapper in the country. Since then it has picked up a design award and sales of about 10,000 – which results in a readership of 40,000 to 50,000, being the most widely read gay publication in the British Isles.

The Christmas party was held in the Green Room at the Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, and, though it was a relatively sober affair, Hammersmith police and New Scotland Yard decreed that it should end at 1 am.

The bill was footed by friends of Gay News.