ATTEMPTS to reinstate former Henley police chief Ali Dizaei have fallen through because of “preposterous” conditions imposed by the Metropolitan Police, it has been claimed. The National Black Police Association said this week that the conditions included Supt Dizaei being under supervision for 18 months and not being able to speak to the public or supervise other officers. He would also have been denied access to the police computer, said association president-elect Ray Powell.
The CCTV system being planned for Henley has serious flaws and would not work effectively, a surveillance systems expert has told the Henley Standard. The problem, he says, is that the current plan has some of the cameras mounted on standard lampposts rather than heavy duty poles specifically designed to hold them.
A disabled 82-year-old woman says she is “living in fear” of vandals and has made a desperate appeal to be rehoused. Emily Ferris, who suffers from severe osteoarthritis and uses a wheelchair, has pleaded to be moved from her housing association home in Amersham Road, Caversham, because she “can’t cope any more”. Her last three cars have been smashed up by vandals, who have also repeatedly broken into her back garden and stolen property.
25 YEARS AGO: Octrober 7, 1988
A SOLDIER proposed to his fiancée at a Henley nightclub and then celebrated into the early hours after she accepted. But Patrick Smith’s engagement celebration came to an abrupt end when he was stopped in Hart Street by a police patrol. Magistrates fined Smith, of King James’ Way, £150 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months for driving with excess alcohol in his blood.
Pupils at Gillotts School, Henley, are launching a fund-raising campaign in support of a group working to help victims of a mystery disease which has struck down one of their classmates. The girl has been off school suffering acute symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis for the past 13 months and is still confined to bed.
Villagers in Stoke Row have accused their parish council chairman of dangling them a “carrot” to secure his ambitious plan for housing. In one of two plans submitted, Maurice Robins has offered to build a new parish hall if councillors accept the plan for 30 new houses in the middle of the village. At a parish council meeting on Tuesday, the 30 villagers who attended gave both plans a unanimous “no”.
50 YEARS AGO: October 11, 1963
WHEN the load being carried by a lorry in New Street caught fire at about 8am last Friday a number of predictable events followed. Firstly, Henley firemen were called to deal with the blaze; secondly, the street had to be closed to vehicular traffic; and, thirdly, Bell Street had to be opened to two-way traffic to cope with the resulting congestion. This had an effect on other traffic in the town and on several occasions there was a line of vehicles stretching from the traffic lights to as far as the Station Road junction with Reading Road.
At a parish council meeting on Monday, Sqn Ldr J Ward said he had become so concerned about the amount of traffic passing through Nettlebed that he had been to see the county surveyor about it. As a result of their discussion, a Nettlebed census had taken place in August which showed there had been a 7.3 per cent annual increase since 1961. The national increase was five per cent.
Although it was reported at the annual meeting of Henley Town Football Club on Friday that there was a debit balance of just over £900 and that the club was £270 worse off than a year earlier, an assurance was given by the major creditor for £796 that he would take no action that would lead to the closure of the club.
100 YEARS AGO: October 10, 1913
ON Saturday last, the Henley (D) Company of the 4th Batt. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, held its annual prize meeting on the Fair Mile range. The weather was a little unkind, heavy showers frequently damping the competitors. Notwithstanding this, however, some good scores were recorded and the meeting was most successful thanks to the energy of Col Sgt Ranson.
The annual Trinity parish tea and entertainment took place in Trinity Hall on Wednesday evening. About 200 persons sat down to the excellent repast which was provided by various ladies of the parish. Afterwards, capital musical entertainment was given.
Patrol leaders Deane and Payton and seconds Batchelor and Wilsdon have brought honour to themselves, their troop and their village in gaining second place in the Duke of Connaught’s Challenge Shield competition. The shield is offered for competition in combined running and shooting between all troops in the UK.