60 years ago: Masked gang steal £3,000 in the Cally

Islington Gazette 60 years ago Jan wk 7 2020. Picture: Islington Gazette

Islington Gazette 60 years ago Jan wk 7 2020. Picture: Islington Gazette - Credit: Archant

A masked gang robbed stole £3,000 in less than a minute from a vehicle transporting peoples wages through the Cally in 1960.

The gang used a stolen Jaguar to overtake the London Electricity Board car, before forcing the boot open and stealing bags full of cash.

Eyewitness A. T. Batho told the Gazette: "I heard a crash. I ran outside and was just in time to see four men wearing masks jump into a van and drive away. It was all over in less than a minute."

Elsewhere, the London County Council (LCC) education committee was set to be asked to approve two developments near Old Street costing £1,014,155 60 years ago.

This include £591,785 to erect a 18-storey hall or residence for 500 students of, the then newly built, Northampton College of advanced technology in Bunhill Row.


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It also included £422,370 to build a new LCC technical college in the same area.

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