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Lenzie Girl Guides - 1920
Lenzie Girl Guides - 1920

A look back at the Herald archives

November 12, 1994

Super sniffer police dog Carro tracked two men from Stepps to a flat in Garthamlock.

Dog handler Peter Bendermacher and his canine companion were called in after two house break-ins in Stepps.

Carro picked up the trail and tracked two men for two and a half miles across fields until they reached a close in Garthamlock.

Police called out back-up support when Carro led them to a door.

Thanks to the super sleuth skills of the dedicated police dog, two people were arrested and charged with housebreaking.

A police spokesman said at the time: “This shows how invaluable police dogs are to the force. We couldn’t do without them.”

November 12, 1984

Strathkelvin residents were praised for their responsible attitude towards Guy Fawkes night with no casualties reported following the Bonfire Night celebrations.

Both police and fire officials said they were “delighted” with the careful manner in which celebrations were carried out.

A police spokesman told the Herald: “We had a very quiet night.”

It was the same story in Bishopbriggs with a police spokesman praising community councils in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs for organising bonfires and firework displays.

There was only one incident involving a vandal who set fire to a carefully prepared bonfire pile on November 4.

November 12, 1974

There was a shortage of lollipop men in the Kirkintilloch area.

The county had 12 school crossings where children had to watch for their own safety because there was no one to look after them.

Head of the Lollipop Brigade, George Gillespie, said at the time: “Parents and teachers are worried and quite rightly, and I am frantically trying to recruit people suitable to man the 40 crossings.”

He said ideally he would like to recruit women whose children were at school but who did not feel they could return to full-time work.

These mums, he said, would make excellent lollipop ladies. At the moment, there was only one female lollipop lady in the county.

November 11, 1964

Rats at Inchbelly Coup, Kirkintilloch, were increasing at a prolific rate, costing the farmer who owned it a small fortune in purchasing rat poison, he complained.

Mr David Murray told a Herald reporter at the time: “This makes 28 lbs of rat poison I have bought in little over a week.

He added that the poison took about seven days to take effect. The price in total of the rat poison amounted to £6 and 4shillings.

He complained the Town Council was doing nothing about the problem.