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Flashback: Ford workers, rise in juveniles and school coach incident

10:00 27 November 2016

40-years-ago

40-years-ago

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A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

1956:

Two thousand Ford and Briggs’ workers threatened with redundancy won a reprieve over the Christmas period after four and a half hours of “tough bargaining” between company officials and spokesmen from 22 unions who had members at Ford.

Some of the main points discussed in the meeting included maintenance of a four-day working week until December 31 and delaying redundancy until the new year.

While the announcement of the reprieve was greeted with relief by the workers, especially among the 6,000 already affected by the introduction of a four-day working week, opposition soon stiffened against the still overhanging threat of redundancy.

Shocking figures released revealed a staggering increase in child crime in Havering during the previous school holiday.

1976:

The number of children referred to Havering Juvenile Bureau soared by two thirds and that didn’t include youngsters who ended up before the borough’s juvenile court.

About 52 juveniles – aged between 10 and 17 – were referred to the bureau after a week’s half-term holiday.

Their offences included burglary, shoplifting and taking vehicles.

Sgt Eric Stevenson said: “This figure is two thirds higher

than average.

“It is a whopping great increase and it is very disturbing, because during

main school holidays, the figures tend to fall, not rise. Many children go away and activities are provided by the council which prove a tremendous success.”

Police officers blamed the lack of youth facilities during the half-term holiday for the mini crime wave in the area.

1996:

A fleet of ambulances and a helicopter rushed to a Romford street after a schoolboy was hurt in an accident involving a coach full of children.

Pupils travelling to Hedley Walter High School, Brentwood, were in a state of shock after the incident in which, the police said, the 14-year-old boy was dragged along the road beneath the coach. Two of the children in the bus suffered asthma attacks, a police spokesman said.

The injured boy, who was not immediately identified, suffered a fractured pelvis and legs. The London Ambulance Service called a helicopter to the scene, in Mawney Road, and he was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. His injuries were reported to be serious but not life-threatening. Mawney Road residents helped police calm the children from the coach and call their parents. A school spokesman said: “The police at the scene were brilliant.”

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