Statement by John Thomas Jones, porter

John Thomas Jones states:

I am the Porter/Caretaker of Senate House, Abercromby Square, Liverpool, where I live.

During the period of the Students occupation of Senate House from the 9th March 1970 to date, I have been on duty from 7 am until at least 12m daily.

My wife has had to stay during the night at various addresses  as  she is in fear and trepidation, brought about by the Students conduct.

During the course of my duties I have seen the following students in the Senate,all of whom I know by sight and whom I can identify:

JOHN ASPINALL,  RICHARD DAVIES, JOHN SNOW,  ANDREW  BLACK , IAN WILLIAMS, D.ROBERTSON,OLIVER SWINGLER, RICHARD MORRIS, SUSAN ROSSINGER, PETER CRESSWELL, ANDREW BURTON, PETER GUSACK, R SIM, IAN RATHBONE

On the morning of’ Wednesday,11th March,1970,my wife attempted to enter the Senate building after sleeping the night at a friends. She was refused admittance at first and became extremely hysterical and agitated. She was eventually admitted after some 10 minutes.

On the same morning I secured the door of the Senate kitchen at 6.30am after having spent the night there. I again checked it at 8.15am when it was still secure but at 10am the students were found to be in occupation. The bottom of the door had been lifted off the hinge and the top hinge unscrewed.

ANDREW BLACK said to me,”We are in here now and we are staying here” ,and he also intimated to me that he was responsible for ‘liberating’ the kitchen.

At 12.20pm on Friday 13th March,1970, as a result of a communication made to me by the Head Porter,I went to Room B56,the Security Superintendents Office, accompanied by JOHN ASPINALL. The room was locked but after a few minutes the door was opened from the inside and I saw about ten (10) students there. Amongst them were CRESSWELL and BLACK.  They were rifling through the desk drawers,correspondence and the filing cabinet. ASPINALL commenced reading through the contents of the Head Porter’s files which contain confidential information relating to the security Superintendents staff. Despite my protests they continued their search and were still there at 1.20pm when l left with the Head Porter’s files.

I have read the above statement which is true.I have had the opportunity to make any alterations that I so desire.

J.T.JONES.

Statement taken by RE Lewis, Security Officer,University of Liverpool at 12mn,Saturday,14th March,1970

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