After the incident in Hope Street during the early hours of Wednesday 9th July 1975, when an IRA Active Service Unit had been stopped by the Police and subsequently opened fire and injured Sergeant Nick Doran, they then went to ground in the Canning Street Upper Parliament Street area.
Later that morning an operation was put together involving Detectives from the Regional Crime Squad, Special Branch, Task Force and Divisional Detectives, the officers worked from St. Anne Street Police Station and enquiries were concentrated in the Upper Parliament Street area in an effort to locate the men concerned.
Late in the afternoon of the 9th July a man went into the General Enquiry Office at Hope Street Police Station and informed the desk officer that he had been held hostage by the IRA men in his own home.
Detectives from the on going operation spoke with him at Hope Street and then brought him to St. Anne Street Police Station where he was further interviewed by Special Branch Officers during the evening.
As a result of the information that was obtained a decision was made to search a house in Clare Road Bootle and in the early hours of the morning of the 10th July some twenty Detectives rendezvoused on the car park of the Mons Hotel Southport Road after a further briefing they went through the rear entries and quickly gained entry into the house, a number of persons were subsequently removed from the property and taken to St. Anne Street Police station, the house was then searched.
As a result of interviewing those from Clare Road and further intelligence that had come into the enquiry, a house was identified in Oxford Road Waterloo as the location where the Active Service Unit were now located.
The house concerned was a three story terrace house sublet into a number of flats, shortly after 4.00a.m. on the morning of Thursday 10th July a convoy of unmarked Police Vehicles left St Anne Street Police and travelled to Waterloo there were some 24 officers involved in the operation a number of which were armed.
As the Detectives arrived at Oxford Road, the vehicles were parked in side streets, and a number went to the rear with three officers including Detective Sergeant Davies going to the front door, they quickly gained entry into the premises and ran up the stairs to a landing they entered one of the flats which in fact was occupied by a retired school teacher, who instantly pointed out a flat across the small hallway, the Detectives then turned round and approached this door as they did, a firearm was discharged from within the flat and the subsequent bullet travelled through the door hitting Detective Sergeant Davies in the stomach area. He was seriously injured, and then shots were returned by the Detectives on the landing.
There was no further exchange of gun fire and Detective Sergeant Davies was evacuated out of the premises and removed to Walton Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery later that morning.
There was now a stand off, however after a couple of hours the 3 IRA men surrendered to armed Police Officers. They were arrested and taken to St. Anne Street Police Station.
A large quantity of explosives was recovered from the flat, these explosives had in fact been stored in the fireplace, also recovered were firearms and a machine gun.
The three men concerned were later charged with numerous offences and eventually stood trial at the Old Bailey where after being convicted they were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences.
Detective Sergeant Davies recovered from his injuries and resumed normal Police Duties.
On 6th December 1975, an IRA Active Service Unit took a man and a woman hostage at a flat 22B Balcolm Street in London, this siege lasted six days and on 12th December the four men concerned surrendered to armed Metropolitan Police Officers.
Bill Morris RTD
(Former RCS Detective Constable involved in the enquiry and subsequent incident at Waterloo)