Nostalgia: Havering in history on March 7, 1954, 1974 and 1994

18:45 07 March 2014

Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, March 8, 1974

Romford and Hornchurch Recorder, March 8, 1974


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

The Recorder, March 5, 1954The Recorder, March 5, 1954

Sixty years ago

A court has blamed the parents of a 17-year-old girl for the “downfall” that led to her court appearance.

Mr J W Mathews, chairman of the Romford Court, told the separated parents that he felt it was their fault.

The teenager, of Highfield Road, had pleaded guilty to stealing from the chief usherette of a cinema where she also worked.

Romford Recorder, March 18, 1994Romford Recorder, March 18, 1994

He said that he hoped the girl would have a little more assistance from her parents in the future than she had done previously.


A boxer received a three-month prison sentence for assaulting a 16-year-old.

The man, of Eastern Avenue East, appeared at Romford Court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Mr D E Morgan told the court that this was an unprovoked assault against a young man who did not know the attacker.

The victim, a photographer said he had been walking past the Golden Lion pub when the boxer approached him.

The boxer told the court that he did not want to say anything because he did not want to waste his time.


A fall from a coal lorry 
resulted in the death of a “venturesome” boy.

Two school friends of the six-year-old described how they had seen him fall from the coal lorry after trying to climb on to it as it was turning into Boundary Road from Moss Lane.

The jury returned a verdict of “accidental death” and added a rider which exonerated the driver of the lorry, George William Coven.


Forty years ago

A pensioner carried two live and dangerous incendiary bombs in her shopping bag on a one-mile bus trip to Harold Hill police station.

An army bomb disposal expert called in by the police said that she had run the risk of being killed or badly burned.

Emily Dobson, 72, said that she could not understand what all the fuss was about.

“My husband Bernard brought them home one night when he was working as an ARP warden during the last war,” she said.

Mrs Dobson found the bombs when she was clearing out the shed after her husband died and decided to take the bombs to the police station.

“I’m sure they weren’t dangerous,” she added. “My children once took one of the shells to pieces – and we’re still alive.”


Four people faced charges including bigamy when they 
appeared at Havering Court.

They were remanded on £50 bail each, after being committed for trial at the Old Bailey.

One of the defendants was 
accused of going through a form of marriage during the lifetime of his first wife and making a false declaration that there was no impediment to the marriage.

He was also accused of making a false statement for the purpose of being inserted into the Register of Marriages.


A couple returning from holiday died in an air accident.

The couple, both 57, from Norbury Gardens, Chadwell Heath, were coming home from a two- week holiday in Torremolinos, Spain.

They were due at Heathrow but because of a strike, they instead boarded the Turkish Airlines DC10, which crashed into a pine forest north of Paris.


Twenty years ago

A police crackdown on underage drinkers was launched after reports that off-licences were selling alcohol to children as young as 14.

Shop owners were warned that they would be prosecuted if they sold illegally to youngsters.

The development came as an officer revealed that gangs of teenagers had committed acts of vandalism and violence after buying alcohol.

Pc Mick Ewen said: “We have a severe problem with underage drinking. Fourteen-year-old kids who look their age are getting alcohol, particularly cider, at some off-licences and a drunk 14-year-old can be a frightening sight.”


A fundraising family were left distraught after thieves stole charity donations from their car.

Karen Rafiai, her mother Jennifer Gilbert and grandmother Maisie Poole had spent weeks collecting raffle prizes and medicines for people in Bosnia.

But their efforts were ruined by the criminals, who broke into their vehicle in Forest Gate with a screwdriver. Mrs Rafiai, of Albert Road, Romford, said: “We can’t believe this has happened. These heartless thieves must have seen the stuff in the car through the back window.”


A 15-year-old boy was being tipped as a future football star after wowing crowds during a match at Wembley.

Mark Gower scored twice in three minutes, setting his England Schools team up for a 3-0 win.

Harold Hill schoolboy Mark was already on the books at Tottenham Hotspur and studying at the FA School of Excellence.

His mother Lynn Hardy said: “I cried tears of pride when Mark scored. I’ve known since he could first kick a ball that he would love to play at Wembley, but for him to score twice was beyond my wildest dreams.”


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