Search

Flashback: A good Samaritan, late-night hooligans and fake bank notes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 August 2018

60-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

60-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

Romford Library

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

40-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library40-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

1958:

Bus driver Peter Cash read about the plight of disabled pensioners, many bedridden, lonely, forced to sit indoors day after day, and decided to do something about it.

Peter walked into the Recorder office and said: “My conductress and I are willing to man a bus and give the old people an outing.

“We don’t want to be paid, we would just like to help them.”

20-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library20-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

The good samaritan act of the 32-year-old from Ambleside Avenue, Elm Park, and his kind-hearted conductress Rose Wiggins, was a quick response to the Recorder’s appeal.

After reading of the unhappiness of many pensioners, and the newspaper’s plea for drivers to give them a day’s outing, they decided they had to do something to help cheer them up.

1978:

40-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library40-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

Late-night hooligans were turning Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, and neighbouring roads into “streets of fear”, it was claimed.

Residents and shopkeepers said they were “sick and tired” of yobs fighting and swearing outside their homes, smashing plate-glass windows, spraying cars with paint and jumping on them and urinating through letter boxes.

Signatures were being collected for petitions to be handed to Havering Council, the police and Greater London Council calling for action to stop the reign of terror.

And the area’s Havering Council representative Councillor Bert James was backing their fight with a call for a reduction in rates.

He said: “I think it’s disgusting that people have to put up with this kind of thing.

“We know the police are doing all they can but the fear is that the violence will get worse unless something positive is done.”

1998:

An Upminster man was charged with helping to produce fake bank notes after police claimed to have broken one of the biggest counterfeit rings ever uncovered in the country.

Following raids on two premises in Havering, police claimed to have found £10million worth of counterfeit notes.

They said a capacity to produce postage stamps and £1 coins was also discovered.

The man from Upminster was charged with conspiracy to produce and supply Bank of England £20 and £50 notes, and £20 Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale bank notes. Four others from the Isle of Wight, north London, Chigwell and Buckinghamshire, were charged with related offences.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Police officers searched a number of Tube stations in Havering this afternoon (Tuesday, September 25), after being alerted to a group of men armed with knives in Hornchurch.

A man has been jailed for more than five years for selling forged ID cards and other official documents from his Romford home.

A 20-year-old man from Cranham has been jailed for a total of 14 years for the brutal murder of a man in South Ockendon during a vicious machete attack.

15:00

More than 200 volunteers donned T-shirts, trainers and tiaras to take part in a 10k night walk for Saint Francis Hospice.

09:22

Officers from the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce have seized an estimated 70kg of cocaine, with a street value of £3.5 million, from an address in Collier Row.

12:00

“We hope this £375 raised will go a long way to supporting those living with dementia here in Havering.”

10:00

“I think it’s brilliant to have an awards ceremony that specifically recognises the incredible hairdressing talent in Essex.”

London’s deputy mayor for housing is set to approve plans for a 3,000-home cross boundary development in Rainham and Dagenham – despite Havering Council initially rejecting the scheme over the height of proposed tower blocks.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now