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Nostalgia: Havering in history on March 14, 1954, 1974 and 1994

18:45 14 March 2014

The Recorder, March 12, 1954

The Recorder, March 12, 1954


This week in history - 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, March 15, 1974Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, March 15, 1974

Sixty years ago - 1954

A 15-year-old girl threw a tantrum in court after magistrates decided she would be sent to an approved school.

She was dragged away by two policewomen and a policeman after becoming hysterical and shouting that they were liars.

After the verdict, the Elm Park girl said: “Daddy, I’m not going, I’m not going,” and then threw her arms around him sobbing.

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Chairman J. J. P. Bridgen said: “Just behave yourself and don’t be silly.”

The girl had been reported missing and appeared before the court as being in need of care and protection.


A cyclist fell off his bike and died after being chased by a barking dog.

Eric William Tansom, 39, was travelling down Straight Road, Harold Hill, when the dog began running after him.

He swerved to his right at the junction and fell.

At the Harold Hill man’s inquest, the coroner L. F. Beccle said he had suffered a haemorrhage.

He added: “It is a most unfortunate way for a man of 39 to have his life terminated by a loose, mongrel dog. There are a lot of these animals all over the place causing a lot of trouble and no one knows how to deal with them.”

The dog was put down by its owners.


Two neighbours received awards for rescuing a man from the sea.

Lindsey Oliver Moule, 39, and Arthur Ransom, 33, were given Royal Humane Society certificates at Romford Magistrates’ Court.

They had saved Stanley James Chapman, who had got into difficulties off Shoeburyness.

He made a full recovery after being taken to hospital.

The Romford neighbours were congratulated at the event for their efforts.


Forty years ago - 1974

A 23-year-old soldier from Collier Row was gunned down in a terror attack in Belfast.

David Farrington had only been in the city for a week before the tragic incident.

His father Albert, who was too shocked to speak, ran weeping to his neighbour Gordon Jones’ house after being given the news by police.

Mr Jones said: “It was a terrible shock to us all. David was known and loved by the whole street and he used to attend Chase Cross School with my sons.

“We are making a collection for some flowers. He lived here for 20 years and now he is gone. How many more must die?”


A former football star was nominated as a Conservative local election candidate.

Jimmy Greaves, who played for England as well as Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and West Ham, was selected to fight for a seat in the Hylands ward.

He was capped 57 times and scored 44 goals in international matches, before retiring from the game aged 31 and becoming a businessman.

Mr Greaves said: “I have always been interested in politics and local affairs, but in the past football and other interests prevented me from taking an active part.

“Naturally, I am particularly interested in recreational matters and concerned for the elderly, but I feel there is much waiting to be done for young people.”


A pregnant woman survived a car crash, as did her unborn baby.

Olive Batten’s husband was driving when their car was involved in a collision in Harold Hill.

Mrs Batten, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered cuts to the face and her two young sons had minor injuries.


Twenty years ago - 1994

A rapist was found guilty of attacking and robbing three women over three years.

The man was convicted for two offences of rape, two of indecent assault, one of buggery and four of aggravated burglary.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on further charges of indecently assaulting a female police officer and wounding her with intent.

The victims, aged 21 and 38, were attacked in Harold Wood and Upminster. They were tied up with their underwear and forced to commit a sex act.

The alleged third victim fought the man off and chased him away, despite sustaining a gash from his knife. Two other women were attacked before the man was arrested.


An unknown American company was said to have an interest in developing an entertainment complex in the borough.

Havering Council’s leader, Cllr Arthur Latham, said a possible attraction at the Riverside area was “good news”.

He added: “It is something that has to be investigated, but it is nice to know there is interest of that scale in the area. We may well have a useful public announcement to make within the next few weeks.”

The plan was due to be discussed between the council and its partner AMEC before going out for public consultation.


A 13-year-old boy was robbed by three young people as he did his morning paper round.

The youngster was pushed off his mountain bike as he rode along Nelson Road, Rainham.

One of the group, thought to be a 16-year-old boy, rode off on the £150 bicycle.

Police were appealing for anyone with information to come forward.


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