This week 60 years ago: Magistrate vows to get tough on gang warfare and billiards cue attacks

The Hackney Gazette on September 3, 1958.

The Hackney Gazette on September 3, 1958. - Credit: Archant

A magistrate said he would have “no gang warfare in this area” and vowed to dish out the maximum penalties to any youths who came before him charged with GBH.

Seymour Collins said anyone who used cut-down billiards cues, bike chains or studded belts as weapons would feel the full weight of the law.

It came after a 17-year-old was accused of attacking a man outside Bannister House in Homerton High Street.

• An eight-year-old boy helped a policeman tackle an army absentee and then missed cricket practice at his school because he had to testify in court. Terry Blaney, of Hollybush Gardens, Bethnal Green, did not need to testify in the end because the absentee, Terence Davenport, admitted going Awol. He also admitted assaulting the child who had chased him up Hackney Road. “The defendant tried to shake him off and failing to do so struck him a blow on the side of the face,” Pc Ronald Davies said.