Picture Past: November 24, 1967 – man ‘rampaging with a shotgun’
PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 November 2017
Crimes against police and the end of an era for paddle steamers featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from November 1967...
Crimes against police and the end of an era for paddle steamers featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from November 1967..
• Six policemen were praised for their courageous actions when faced with a man ‘rampaging about with a shotgun’.
One officer was seriously injured, and another two assaulted, by the Banwell man who was said to have a ‘chip on his shoulder about the police’.
A judge commended the officers for how they handled themselves.
• Somerset’s police chief, top medical officer, and education officer were planning to meet to discuss what could be done to stop the spread of drug-taking by young people.
• At a separate meeting held in Weston’s Winter Gardens, the chief constable talked about the kind of crime police dealt with.
He said: “At football matches, not only are the spectators, players and referees attacked but also the police and obscenities are chanted out not only by men, but by women.”
• An American cadet contacted Weston’s mayor with an unusual favour to ask.
The man, from Michigan, had met an American woman at a dance in Weston’s Winter Gardens and he had promised to write to her.
He told the mayor he had lost her address, and he wondered if someone in Weston would be able to find her.
However, the cadet admitted he had no idea if she was even in Weston anymore, as they had met a year ago.
• It was the end of an era for one of the Bristol Channel’s steamer ships.
The Bristol Queen had been run by P&A Campbell since just after World War Two but it was going up for sale.
The ship had been given a £30,000 refit only a year earlier, but its owners said it was too expensive to run.
Its sister ship, the Cardiff Queen, had been on the market for more than a year.
The company was planning to run two smaller ships in 1968.
• Farmers in Somerset were holding their breath over an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
Angling in Weston’s waters was banned, and farming shows would be cancelled if a case of the disease was discovered within 12 miles. Hunts were also cancelled.
• It was recommended that parking on the sands in Weston should be free during the winter months.
Weston Borough Council’s parks committee said it would be a gesture of goodwill.