Search

Flashback: Delayed meat, a knife attack and a town hall revolution

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 May 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:

Hundreds of tons of meat, rushed by road and rail from all parts of Britain, were diverted to Romford wholesale and cold storage depots instead of to strike-bound Smithfield.

Meanwhile, perspiring directors worked side by side with office and sales staff to supply meat-hungry butchers from miles around.

Temporary transformation of Romford into an 
emergency Smithfield was marked by two dramatic incidents.

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

A two-day stoppage of normal rail supplies to one of Romford’s three meat wholesalers – Mssrs Thomas Borthwick and Sons Ltd in Church Lane.

And the second was the sensational charges form the local meat drivers’ and porters’ strike 
committee that meat was being transported in unprotected removal vans and boots of private cars.

1978:

Murder squad detectives were investigating a knife attack on a nine-year-old Rainham boy.

The terrified youngster was grabbed by five youths in an alley leading to Rainham Junior School, between Upminster Road South and Rainham Road.

While others held him, one of the youths produced a “flick-knife” and slashed the boy’s face, narrowly missing an eye.

Detectives from Plaistow, investigating the murder of 10-year-old Kennith Singh, interviewed the Rainham victim at his home following the attack.

Kennith’s body was found on wasteground in Plaistow on April 20.

A murder squad detective said: “We cannot discount the possibility that the murder and this attack are connected.”

The incident where the boy was attacked with a knife is being treated as a “serious assault”.

1998:

A six-strong inner cabinet of Labour members was set to take over running Havering Council when a revolution in decision-making was introduced.

Despite failing to win overall control of the authority at the borough elections, Labour, the largest group, was confident of gaining enough support for the sweeping reforms.

The powerful “cabinet” was going to be called the Policy Advisory Group and was going to set the agenda for all future meetings with the open admission of intending to “drive Labour group policy”.

The three opposition groups all vowed not to set up any alliances to prevent Labour, as the largest group taking control.

But, Residents’ members, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats all expressed some reservations about the proposed new structure which would sweep away more than 30 years of history by scrapping traditional committees.

Latest Romford News Stories

15:00

In the days when water wasn’t safe to drink, even children drank beer, as Prof Ged Martin explains

12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Readers may not have heard of Sadiq Khan’s planned expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), but it is set to have a detrimental impact on the hundreds of thousands of people who drive inside the North and South Circulars every day.

Christmas, the time of year when we are pressured to buy things no one wants for people we don’t want to buy for at prices we’re not happy with.

Yesterday, 11:38

Police tasered a man in Collier Row after he threatened officers with a meat cleaver.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 08:00

The discovery that a man who had been jailed for using his position as a police officer to prey on vulnerable women could have been allowed to work at Queen’s hospital without a compulsory background check is worrying both for staff and patients.

Fri, 17:05

A market trader from Newbury Park has been found guilty of torching a £260,000 Ferrari during an arson attack in Emerson Park that was revenge for a business deal gone wrong.

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

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.

Newsletter Sign Up

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

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

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