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Random shooting at Elephant & Castle in 1958: TV firm seeks info

Researchers for an Irish television series are seeking information about a shooting at the Elephant & Castle in 1958 in which a man's life was saved by a cigarette packet.

Producers working on a television series called The Day I Was Born for Irish channel TG4 are keen to hear from anyone with more information on the store of two Irishmen who were involved in a random shooting.

Patrick Moore and Vincent Scott were shot at by a man of Turkish Cypriot origin near Sayer Street In April 1958.

Patrick had a packet of cigarettes in his pocket which deflected the bullet and saved his life.

The attacker was later arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Sayer Street ran south from New Kent Road across what later became the Heygate Estate site, just to the east of Elephant Road.

"I'm really keen to speak to someone who remembers this event or if there are any relatives still in London," said Lucinda Glynn of Adair Productions.

Lucinda can be reached at 00 3 53 1 2843877 and lucinda@adareproductions.ie

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