This week 30 years ago: Holloway man robbed £144,000 as he ‘couldn’t stand’ sponging off his wife

Islington Gazette: December 11, 1987

Islington Gazette: December 11, 1987 - Credit: Archant

A Holloway couple’s romance ended in heartbreak – at the Old Bailey.

James Lawson was already in prison after being caught in an armed robbery in Hampstead. He married stockbroker girlfriend Maxine while behind bars.

But a week later, he was sent down for 12 years after pleading guilty to two security van robberies totalling £144,000.

The couple shared a flat in Camden Road. The court heard Lawson, 27, “could not stand the humiliation” of being unemployed and living off 24-year-old Maxine’s £70,000 stockbroker salary.

Meanwhile, veterans went to war with Islington Council after it gave permission for a Christmas funfair to be based around the Islington Green war memorial.


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Members of the Royal British Legion’s Islington branch were incensed.

President Bill Bayliss, who fought in the Second World War, said: “It’s the closest thing councillors could ever get to dancing on the graves of people who died for their country.”

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