Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Fifty years ago

THE theft from a car of a plastic comb-and-mirror wallet valued at one shilling, led to the appearance of four

THE theft from a car of a plastic comb-and-mirror wallet valued at one shilling, led to the appearance of four young men at the Henley Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Supt R Mills said: “While the amount is small, one does not know what would have happened if they had not been caught at this stage.”

Christopher Steven, aged 19, a precision engineer from Crossley’s Bix, Henley, was fined £20 and disqualified for driving for three months after driving into a lorry on the outskirts of High Wycombe in Wooburn. Stephen said as he rounded the bend his front wheels locked and the car slid into the lorry. He added if he had not used the brakes, the car may have “brushed against it.” The roads were wet at the time. Defending solicitor said: “The car has an unfortunate tendency to slide on wet roads.”

It is not an unusual sight to see a schoolboy riding along one of the ancient thoroughfares in and around Henley. Many people may not have noticed 16-year-old Christian Allan riding through South Oxfordshire countryside on his pony on Saturday and Sunday. His right leg is paralysed due to contracting polio. Christian’s efforts to overcome his disability may inspire many who suffer from the same or other physical defect.

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