A look back at what was making the headlines ten, 25 and fifty years ago this week (February 7, 2013).
10 years ago: Black beast was on the prowl
‘Evidence’ of the existence of the infamous Black Beast was published in the Mail in the form of a photo which former policeman Mick Lloyd said showed the creature’s pawprint.
Mr Lloyd took the photo to the vet’s and was told it was a handprint but, after caliming to have seen the large black cat on several occasions during his police career, Mr Lloyd was certain it was behind the print.
The Government announced £100m would be spent on improving the notorious Catthorpe Interchange where the A14, M1 and M6 all meet.
The Mail was asking for the families of soldiers preparing for the impending war in Iraq to share their thoughts and fears with readers.
Emergency crews were called to a potentially dangerous industrial fire at Tungstone Batteries, in Lathkill Street.
25 YEARS AGO: HELICOPTER ESCAPE MAN IN COURT
One of the men who escaped Gartree Prison in the helicopter break of 1987 was in court 25 years ago this week.
Gang boss John Kendall had an armed police escort for his appearance at Leicester County Magistrates’ Court.
The hunt for the other escapee, Sydney Draper, was still on, reported police. Work to install ant-helicopter wires to prevent a copycat ‘skybust’ at Gartree was also underway.
There were warnings Harborough police station could lost its round-the-clock opening times in a cost-cutting measure.
And Market Harborough Drama Society had an unusual request for its latest play - it needed someone who could speak Hungarian for a production of an Agatha Christie whodunnit.
50 YEARS AGO: CORONATION STREET STAR FINDS NEW HOME
Christine Hargreaves, then playing Christine Appleby in TV’s Coronation Street, moved to Little Bowden, the Mail reported 50 years ago this week. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) graduate Christine moved to Scotland Road with her parents from where she would travel to Manchester each week for filming.
Christine, who would leave the soap later that year, went on to appear in films including An American Werewolf in London and Pink Floyd-The Wall. She died in 1984, aged 45.
A feature told how Dingley Hall had become a nightlife hot spot on Saturdays, with ‘oak-panelled walls that have echoed to the minuet and framed the dressy elegance of nineteenth century banquets’ now resounding with the sounds of teenagers ‘stomping and jigging’.
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