In 1962, at the height of the Cold War, Pottle was jailed for 18 months for conspiracy (as one of the Wethersfield Six) to organise the Committee of 100 demonstrations at the nuclear base USAF Wethersfield in Essex.
In Wormwood Scrubs prison Pottle met the spy George Blake and his outrage at the “vicious” sentence imposed on the spy led him and two others, Michael Randle and Sean Bourke, to free Blake in October 1966.
For most of his working life Pottle was a printer, running his own Stanhope Press in the 1960s, working as printer for the Peace Pledge Union in the early 1990s, and running his own Pottle Press in the late 1990s.
- Michael Randle and Pat Pottle. The Blake Escape: How We Freed George Blake — and Why. ISBN 0-245-54781-9, 1989
- Illtyd Harrington. "Forget the train robbers, this was the great escape". Camden New Journal, 29 May 2003
- Kevin O’Connor. Blake and Bourke and The End of Empires. ISBN 0-9535697-3-X, 2003
- Extradition (Irish Republic), Hansard, 30 July 1982
- Sean Bourke. The Springing of George Blake. ISBN 0-304-93590-5, 1970
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