This week 60 years ago: Islington man arrested for having 800 stolen postage stamps stuffed in his jeans pocket

PUBLISHED: 13:14 12 November 2019

The Gazette 60 years ago

The Gazette 60 years ago


Police raided a flat in Upper Holloway and arrested a man who had 800 postage stamps stuffed into the pocket of his jeans, this week 60 years ago.

The 21-year-old labourer was remanded in custody for a week charged with receiving 513 threepenny stamps and 354 twopenny stamps that belonged to London County Council, knowing that they were stolen.

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Det Sgt Herbert Heath todl Clerkenwell Court that when he asked the man where he had got the stamps, he replied: "I don't know anything about them. Somebody must have planted them there."

In other news a trunk water main burst in Cayton Street, Finsbury, leaving a hole 20ft wide and eight ft deep in the road, and flooding locker rooms in Moorfields Eye Hospital and stockrooms of a department store next door.

And also making the front page headlines, a woman was fined £5 for stealing two chickens, vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese from a shop in Oxford Street.

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