Murder in Beeston, ca. 1974?

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Post by volvojack »

I lived in the Barkleys and my friend and i went down to the Portakabin near the bottom of Dewsbury Road and when they took mine they immediately destroyed them but my pal Harry who only had very small fingers they seemed to take a slightly longer to do the same.

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Post by jma »

My late brother was in Dewsbury Road CID then and as one of the fingerprinting team undertaking what was in those days a newsworthy operation, the Times newspaper illustrated its report with a pic of him taking somebody's prints.

A couple of years before this murder when I was in Plain Clothes at Dewsbury Road I investigated some allegations involving violence at what was then Parkside School IIRC and which I think is now Cockburn ie in the Southleighs behind what was once the Rex cinema. After nearly fifty years my memory is a bit vague but those involved were cautioned by what was then the newly-formed Juvenile Bureau. Some of the people involved were later involved with this crime.

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Yes it was Parkside and is now Cockburn for JMA's benefit.
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Post by JanG »

Gosh. I was only talking about this to a friend a couple of weeks ago. I was at Hugh Gaitskell school and remember the police taking over the dining hall to interview all the kids (in pairs). My friend was aghast that parents weren't up in arms about this, but as I recall it was because so many kids in the area used to go to her shop that it was thought we might have seen something. The thing I remember most about her was that she always gave a bag with a few penny sweets for your birthday so she was always popular. We moved away from Beeston in 1977 and so I wasn't aware of subsequent news, besides parents had a nasty habit of not talking about such things in front of their children. Jan.

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Quite a few of my pals who lived in Beeston were Postmen and usually knew all the local news and gossip but they did not have a clue even though most of them knew the old lady. BUT they did know all about the little shop near by "Books 'n Belts, a Sex shop where everything was delivered in plain wrapping, that certainly caused a stir at the time.
(Apologise forgoing off subject)

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Re: Murder in Beeston, ca. 1974?

Post by iansmithofotley »

Hi Jack,

In the late 1960's/early 1970's, I was once involved in raiding the shop for selling 'obscene publications'. The shop owner was prosecuted for selling obscene material 'under the counter'. After the court case, an order was made for all of the obscene material to be confiscated and destroyed. I remember taking all of the seized items to the Leeds City Council Destructor, at the bottom of Armley Road, and burning everything.

When we raided the place, there was a sign outside, on a table full of hardback and softback books. The sign originally read 'Dirty Books' but had been altered to read 'Old Books'. It was quite funny to see, at the time.


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