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Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
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This week in history - 60, 40 and 20 years ago.
Sixty years ago – 1953
A “workshy” father-of-nine who had claimed £1,233 in National Assistance over five years was jailed for “failing to maintain” his family.
Romford magistrates heard the Upminster Road, Rainham, resident had persistently turned down rehabilitation, assessments and offers of work, and had sabotaged his only brief period of employment since 1948 through persistent absences.
A doctor told the court the man was “mentally but not morally sane”, and that there was no reason he could not work.
The defendant asked for the charges to be postponed – a request the bench denied, entering a plea of “not guilty” on his behalf.
When asked if he wanted to question the prosecution witnesses, he repeatedly said: “It’s a farce; there’s no case.”
A stationwoman went into Romford shops with a list of items she planned to steal, a court heard.
The woman, who pleaded guilty to shoplifting items worth £8 5s 9d, was stopped in Woolworth’s after the assistant manager spotted her behaving suspiciously.
She was asked to empty her bag, and found to have taken three blouses.
Romford Court heard the woman, who earned £6 3s a week, had been planning to take her husband to her native Ireland for a holiday.
The husband had been out of work for a year because of a paralysed arm.
Romford and Brentwood’s Divisional Conservative Association had voted to adopt Major H.B. Trevor Cox as a candidate for MP.
The major, who came highly recommended by the incumbent MP Col John Lockwood, never made it to the general election in 1955 – instead, Conservative candidate R.J.S. Harvey would run, and lose, against Labour and Co-op member Ron Ledger.
Forty years ago – 1973
Two toddlers were recovering from a caravan fire drama in which a neighbour fought smoke and flames four times to save their lives.
Young Gary and Mark McQuade, aged two and three, had been trapped in a bedroom when the caravan, at Palmers Caravan Site, Oldchurch Road, Romford, caught light.
Heroic Henry King, 26, spotted the flames and heard screams as he left his caravan to go to the toilet. He broke down the door but could not see anyone inside.
When the screaming continued, he went back in and discovered the older child hiding under a bed in the rear of the caravan.
After carrying Gary to safety, he returned a third time and spotted tiny, terrified Mark in a corner under the bed.
With both tots out of the caravan, he went in a final time to check for any more children – by which time the blaze had become an inferno.
Havering Council came under fire on-screen when conservationist Ben Percy-Davis was invited to speak on a new TV show.
The Crossways, Gidea Park, resident was to appear on the new London Broadcasting Company channel, where he was expected to blast property speculators for their plans to build on Nelmes Land, Emerson Park.
Athletes were facing a three-year wait for the running track at Hornchurch Stadium to be improved.
Havering Council had set aside £50,000 for the work – but would not be able to start until 1976.
The track, described by the Amateur Athletic Association as “one of the worst in the country”, was “unusable” in rainy weather, according to the chairman of Havering Sports Council.
“Better late than never,” he added.
Twenty years ago – 1993
A teenage girl had been expelled, and five others suspended, from a Catholic school in Upminster – for possession of drugs.
The Sacred Heart of Mary Convent School pupils – one sixth former and five others aged 13 to 14 – had not been arrested.
But police had visited the St Mary’s Lane school to caution the oldest girl.
It was alleged the group had been discovered in possession of cannabis in a park area at the back of the school.
Preying on a blind social worker earned a teenager three years’ detention at a young offenders’ institution.
The callous 19-year-old claimed he had “no idea” about Michael Brace’s disability when he stole the Hornchurch man’s briefcase – despite the fact the 43-year-old had been walking along tapping a white stick.
Blasted as “despicable and cowardly” by the judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court, the Islington youth was said by his defence to be “full of remorse”.
Two paramedics who helped save a man’s life in a horrific lorry crash were set to star in BBC’s “999 Lifesavers” show.
Hazel Standing, 36, of Chadwell Heath, and Alan Tokley, 32, of Collier Row, re-enacted their rescue of Coventry lorry driver Steve Gasowski at Woodford Fire Station for film crews.
They had been first on the scene when 34-year-old Mr Gasowski’s lorry had crashed on the North Circular at South Woodford.
His lorry cab had been left hanging precariously over the carriageway 35ft below so fire crews used a ladder platform to provide a base for the paramedics.
Hazel had edged along a six-inch kerb while roped to the crash barrier, while Alan had gone up in a turntable ladder with firefighters.
A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.