This week 60 years ago: Clerkenwell factory fined £20 after worker loses his fingers and a thumb

Islington Gazette: December 13, 1957

Islington Gazette: December 13, 1957 - Credit: Archant

A Clerkenwell factory was fined £20 (equivalent of £440 today) after one of its workers lost the fingers and thumb on his right hand.

Cotswold Plastics, of Crawford Passage, had denied contravening the Factory Act at a hearing at Clerkenwell Magistrates’ Court.

But it was found guilty over the incident, which involved worker Elgey Spence and a moulding machine. The factory had not maintained it properly, causing the accident.

Meanwhile, cops raided a house in Highbury – in a cigarettes bust.

The officers found 27,880 fags stashed away in the property in Witherington Road.


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Six men were charged with receiving stolen goods at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard cops arrived to see two of the men stacking up the cigarettes in the front bedroom.

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“This gear has nothing to do with me,” one of the men said.

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