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Six gunmen forced their way into the embassy in West London in April 1980, demanding independence for part of southern Iran and taking 26 hostages. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to guarantee the terrorists safe passage out of Britain - and between April 30 and May 5, 1980, the world watched and waited as Mr Vernon began his life-saving negotiations. They killed a hostage after six days, which led then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to order the SAS to storm the building. During the 11-minute raid the SAS rescued all but one of the remaining hostages and killed five of the six hostage-takers. Chief Superintendent Max Vernon, 84, was part of a six-man team charged with negotiating with six armed terrorists who besieged the diplomatic building in South Kensington, West London and took 26 people hostage. The pandemic has spelled doom for some relationships, but I hear Tory Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown took the precaution of quietly getting married before lockdown.

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