This week 30 years ago: Whittington Hospital baby boom, taxi driver murdered in Holloway Road

Islington Gazette: April 15, 1988

Islington Gazette: April 15, 1988 - Credit: Archant

The Whittington Hospital was struggling to cope with a baby boom.

“Rattled” health chiefs had faced 900 more new births in the previous year, 1987.

And the Islington Health Authority warned: “Currently bookings show no abatement in this trend.”

In other news, a minicab driver was stabbed in the neck and murdered.

The 30-year-old was attacked during a row over a fare in Holloway Road.


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The man, who lived in Archway’s Girdlestone Estate, was taken to the Whittington Hospital – where his wife was a nurse – but died two days later.

His workmates announced a £1,000 reward for information that would lead to the killer’s conviction.

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Detectives said it was “vicious and unpremeditated”.

Meanwhile, Islington EastEnders star Susan Tully delighted young fans, including six-year-old Elizabeth Samway, on a visit to Hayward Adventure Playground in Market Road.

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