An original 8x10 press photograph of Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier taken on the day of their third appearance at the West London Magistrates Court on a charge of being "in unauthorised possession of cannabis resin", January 27th, 1971. Richard NEVILLE, Louise FERRIER.
An original 8x10 press photograph of Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier taken on the day of their third appearance at the West London Magistrates Court on a charge of being "in unauthorised possession of cannabis resin", January 27th, 1971.

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An original 8x10 press photograph of Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier taken on the day of their third appearance at the West London Magistrates Court on a charge of being "in unauthorised possession of cannabis resin", January 27th, 1971.

B/w (20.2x25.2cm.). Printed caption label affixed to verso, with press agency stamp.


Richard and Louise were busted by Detective Inspector Luff in their basement flat at 38 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, on Friday December 18th, 1970 (three months after the issue of summonses in the Oz school kids case), though the Drugs Squad found only a pile of roaches in the garbage outside. Upstairs, Jim Anderson managed to throw his stash over the back wall into the grounds of the Russian Embassy before being grabbed; Felix Dennis turned up on the street outside, but was moved on before David Offenbach from Release, alerted by Dennis, arrived on the scene for legal support. Simultaneous raids were taking place at the Oz office and at Felix Dennis's home, part of the new Tory government's campaign against the underground press, though this was bungled according to Neville, who provided an extensive account of the events in Oz #32 (and later, in his memoirs, with the date amended). Neville spent the night in Brixton prison, and eventually, in February 1972, following further court appearances (and long after the Oz obscenity trial had ended, for which this bust was an ominous harbinger), Richard and Louise pleaded guilty to possession of one third of a gram of cannabis (a miniscule amount) and were fined £25.00.


Near Fine.

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