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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, London.
Solicitor's Armed Siege
This is where Mark Saunders held a 5 hour siege with police.
Location: 46 Markham Square, Chelsea, London
Description: This is where on the 6th May 2008 a barrister was shot dead by armed police unit CO19 after a 5 hour siege and stand off. Police stormed the house and found the shooter had been shot (and killed) during the engagement.
Mark Saunders, 32, exchanged fire with marksmen from the armed CO19 unit three times from his flat in Markham Square, Chelsea, just off Kings Road.
After the third bout of gunfire, police stormed the flat after apparently using stun grenades. Eyewitnesses reported seeing green flashes and hearing several loud bangs before the police went in.
Saunders was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 9.30pm. It was understood he did not shoot himself but was killed by an officer.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has opened an investigation into his death.