This week in history: Emergency planning exercise sees mock-up plane crash on Haggerston’s Stonebridge Estate

The Gazette 60 years ago

The Gazette 60 years ago - Credit: Archant

The Gazette pre-warned readers about an upcoming emergency planning exercise, in which a plane “will be imagined to have crashed” on the Stonebridge Estate in Clarissa Street, Haggerston.

Disaster relief organisation the Red Cross took directions from the police and civil defence.

“RAEN will set up a control centre, and all their radio communications with Red Cross offices and hospitals will be heard over loud speakers,” the Gazette reported. “The exercise will begin with a thunder-flash explosion at eight o’clock, and will last an hour. Afterwards RAEN will demonstrate their radio equipment.”

In other news a boy from Hoxton broke into a Stoke Newington flat after escaping from an approved school, where he washed, shaved and changed into their clothes. He stole money and then bought himself an outfit from a “cheap clothing shop”, before throwing the other clothes into the canal.