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Thursday, 7 February 2013
On Saturday night great excitement about two men who, challenged by sentry of the ammunition park near the station at 7.15 p.m., had run away. Ammunition of all the district is kept there, including 300,000 rounds of rifle etc. etc. The marauders vanished, though pursued. Clacton was called up by telephone, and kept up most of the night. Officers were called from dinner. The missing men were supposed to correspond with two escaped Germans interned from Dorset. the one best seen had a rope and walked noiselessly, - hence rubber shoes! Why? etc. etc. No capture yesterday either. The funniest thing is that one of the guard, or perhaps it was the sentry himself, says that the marauder must be a German because when challenged the fellow distinctly called out "VON".