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Mitcham street, Marylebone, Wages Robbery 1959

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Little Christine Firmston, 10, stopped skipping near her home to watch a mail van robbery She had seen the mail van drive up the narrow Mitcham-street, Marylebone, and stop behind a stalled" car blockingthe street. A van raced up behind, cutting off any retreat four masked men jumped out. G.P.O. driver Arthur Ford, 34, looked round for help as the raiders, joined by the d r i v e r of the " stalled " car, rushed his van. But the only person he saw was little Christine, standing open-mouthed ten yards away!The raiders dragged Ford from the van and coshed his companion, CharlesKelly, 32.Then they grabbed registered mailbags containing about ??7,500 in notes wages collected from a firm to send to site workers all over country and vanished in the car which had been used as a "block." As they roared away, Christine ran to the mail van. " There's a phone box on the corner if you want 999." she told Ford. Later, Christine, of Cosway street, gave detectives a description of the thugs, their getaway car, and the attack. Afterwards she told me:" I was skipping on my own when it all happened. One of the men was very fat, " They were really rough with the postmen. "The detectives said I was very good and brave not to run away. Our Picture Shows Christine being questioned by detectives at the scene. 1st April 1959"

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Color Black & White
Keywords 1950s,20th Century,Childhood,Children,CID,Constables,Crime,Hats,Investigation,Law and Order,Men,Moods and Emotions,Nervous,Officers,Plain Clothes,Police,Robbery,Small Group of People,Wages Van
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Year 2016
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