April 26th 2007

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50 YEARS AGO: A marked increase in crime, especially in crimes of violence during the first quarter of this year compared with corresponding quarters of the two previous years was reported by the Chief Constable of Bucks, Brig J Cheney, to the standing joint committee

This year's total number of crimes was 833, as against 743 last year and 679 the year before. So far 48 per cent of the crimes had been detected, but this figure would probably be improved upon many of the incidents being still under investigation.

Crimes of violence totalled 24 this year. Last year there were seven. Most were the result of street fights or domestic brawls.

The new offence of causing death by dangerous driving was now under the violence heading, and so far there have been four.

Sexual offences showed an increase, with 87 per cent detected, two offenders being responsible for 12 of the offences.

The Arend Roland comet was clearly visible to the naked eye from Bletchley on Wednesday between 9.30pm and 10pm.

It was to be seen in the north west sky about 15 degrees up from horizon.

The nucleus was difficult to distinguish but the "tail" flared out at a wide angle rather like an elongated shuttlecock and seemed to be shining at varying strength.

The first camp since the reformation of the 1st Bletchley Scout Troop last September took place last weekend when 14 scouts, together with S M P. Weatherby and A S M s K wright went to Bow Brickhill.

For many of the boys this was their first ever camp. Everything went off successfully. The usual woodcraft and bridge building exercises were enjoyed.

Wolverton Town Res 0, Bletchley BBOB 0, Both Bletchley and Wolverton failed to take golden scoring chances in this Wolverton Charity Cup final, so a goalless draw was perhaps the fairness result.

To Old Boys' centre forward, Tony Clarke, fell the miss of match when he shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Wolverton's best effort , a sizzling shot by centre forward Robinson was turned round the post by Ansell who did a magnificent dive to his left. These were the notable happenings in the game.

25 YEARS AGO: A dramatic call for action to stop bored youngsters on city estates drifting into crime is contained in a major new report.

It refers to a crime rate among the young ranging from less than 5 per cent to over 20 per cent in some areas. The need for early provision of facilities to cater for teenagers is highlighted.

And it bluntly warns the development corporation against the temptation to provide showpiece facilities instead of basic amenities that youngsters can afford.

The report officially still secret has been submitted to the corporation by Milton Keynes Offenders Project.

The city's long awaited police headquarters has had its budget slashed by 1 million before building even starts.

The move follows recent cutbacks, by the police authority, on the building which is due to open in four years time.

But cuts aside the new centre could be the base for the new Thames Valley Mounted Police. Horses and riders, as well as policing the city, would be used for events like Ascot, political demonstrations and football crowd control.

The stable complex is still on the drawing board, but it will cost less than the previously estimated 157,703.

The divisional headquarters, when it opens in 1985, will accommodate 714 staff.

An aircraft built from a DIY kit crashed on Wednesday. following a mid-air collision killing the pilot.

The glass fibre machine, an american 'Quickie Homebuild', had taken off from Cranfield Aerodrome and belonged to the BBC Flying Club.

During the flight it was accompanied by two other light aircraft, one of which was carrying a Tomorrow's World camera team.

Witnesses have told Bedfordshire police that the single seater "bumped" one of the accompanying planes before crashing at Kempston, near Bedford.

The falling machine "bounced" on the roof of a home for the handicapped before finishing up in a nearby car park. The pilot was dead on arrival at Bedford hospital.

He has been named as BBC graphic designer Douglas Bird of Middlesex. No one else was hurt. The crash will be subject of a board of Trade enquiry.