RAM raiders have struck five times in as many weeks in South Oxfordshire, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Cash machines have been targeted in the early morning raids, the latest of which happened in Goring at 3am on Sunday. The gang of men, all wearing balaclavas, drove a stolen JCB digger through the wall of the HSBC bank in High Street, demolishing the wall and causing thousands of pounds of damage.
A pedestrian had to undergo plastic surgery on his hand after he was hit by a car during a road rage incident. The man was walking along the B478 from Sonning Eye towards Playhatch at 11.30pm on Friday when he was dazzled by the lights of an approaching car. The pedestrian flashed his torch at the driver who stopped, turned round and drove back to the victim. The car was driven at the man and the wing mirror hit his hand, breaking his thumb.
An ambitious plan to create a walkway alongside the Thames from Wharf Lane to Singers Park by the Angel on the Bridge pub is being considered by Henley Town Council. The Â£200,000 scheme would see the broadwalk pass under Henley Bridge, cutting out the dangerous crossing for pedestrians at the bottom of Hart Street.
25 YEARS AGO
March 9, 1990
A HENLEY town councillor has hit out at colleagues for holding a secret meeting on the controversial car park at Vicarage Road. At last month’s full council, members voted unanimously to accept the planning committee’s recommendation not to object to a retrospective planning application for the car park behind 17-23 Vicarage Road. But during the confidential session, the Mayor Tony Lane held a special meeting to reconsider the issue because he had had a change of heart following protests by residents.
Thirty jobs are to be lost following a decision to close a factory at Cockpole Green. Toga Manufacturing will cease production at the Warren Works after 26 years at the end of April and will become part of a larger manufacturing group in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
The Henley College may be forced to make staff cuts. A new management scheme is due to come into effect next month with a three per cent reduction in budgetÂ compared with this year. Staffing levels are the responsibility of governors and they met college principal Graham Phillips this week.Â Mr Phillips said afterwards that no announcement would be made on staff cuts for at least two weeks.
50 YEARS AGO
March 12, 1965
MR and Mrs A J Alston, of Green Hedges, Wargrave, were suddenly awakened at about midnight last Thursday by bumps and thuds in the lounge below their bedroom. After deciding they had got a burglar, they crept downstairs and went into the lounge to find not an intruder but a huge owl covered in soot having apparently come down the chimney.
At Monday’s meeting of Henley Town Council Alderman G E F Goring-Thomas drew attention to the dangerous corner at the Friday Street junction with Thames Side, saying that traffic coming from the north invariably cut the corner when turning into Friday Street, with the result that anyone going down the street was liable to run into an accident even if on the correct side of the road. Alderman A R B Hobbs said many people no doubt thought Friday Street was an extension of the one-way system.
Councillor Royston L Sadler is to be nominated as Mayor of Henley when the borough council holds its annual meeting in May. Councillor Sadler, who is 40, was elected to the council as a north ward independent representative at his first attempt in 1955.
100 YEARS AGO
March 12, 1915
THE members of Wargrave fire brigade are most fortunate in having such a friend as Dr J McCrea who has given them instruction in first aid over the winter months. Last Wednesday evening, Mrs Oliver Young kindly presented the brigade with a stretcher and necessary appliances, thus making their equipment more complete. Several members expressed their thanks for such a useful present.
At the North London Cage Bird Show, Mr A Lovegrove, of 48 King’s Road, Henley, was again very successful, winning two first prizes, two second, one third and five special prizes for pairs matched for breeding. A clear yellow cock sold by Mr Lovegrove was exhibited at the Reading pair show on March 3 and won first prize. Mr Lovegrove, who has more than 700 prizes, has some good songsters for sale and invites inspection.
The Thames Conservancy has approved a revised plan for the new bridge across the Thames from Goring to Streatley. It is proposed that the bridge shall be transferred to the Oxford and Berks County Councils, which will be entitled to abolish all tolls.