Russell bought the T34 in 1995 after it was transported from Czechoslovakia to London, for filming a modern day version of Richard III. He named the tank 'Stompie', in memory of Stompie Moeketsi - an ANC activist killed by Winnie Mandela's bodyguards in 1988 after they suspected him of being an apartheid government informer. A not uncontroversial decision given that it is parked at the end of Mandela Way.
And what became of the young seven year old boy who received a tank for a present? In 2006, he was asked to leave an elite private school because of his persistent poor behaviour. His father lost a quarter of a million pound lawsuit trying to fight the explusion. Is that the rumble of more tanks I hear?