September 14, 1968

MORE violence at Gigg Lane has been prevented this week after a special sergeant on duty confiscated a carving knife stuck with adhesive tape to a scarf being worn by a 21-year-old Chorley youth, during last Saturday’s match with Preston.

Later, when searched at Bury police station, the youth was also found to have a broken beer bottle in his trouser pocket.

The youth was fined £50 by Bury Magistrates Court on Monday after pleading guilty to possession of an offensive weapon in public.

Also sentenced for an incident at Gigg Lane this week was a Heywood teen who became so "bitterly disappointed" and "overcome with emotion" after visitors scored two late goals past Bury FC that he ran onto the pitch and punched the Charlton Athletic centre forward in the face.

Described as quiet and reserved, and a keen Bury FC fan, the boy was fined £25 and banned from attending football games for six months.

POLICE maybe using their new Bury headquarters as soon as next year, Lancashire County Police have said, as work on the £600,000 building in Irwell Street is well up to schedule.

Currently around 20 per cent complete, when finished the HQ will boast a cell block, space for operational and administrative units, as well as second five storey block including hostel accommodation for 36 unmarried policemen, a kitchen, canteen, recreational rooms, library and gymnasium.

TWELVE new schools could be built as part of three year look-ahead programme to meet fast growing demand for places.

Planners envisage two new schools in Brandlesholme and Bolton Road districts and three in Hollins, as well as large scale extensions for several existing secondary schools and a local authority outdoor pursuits centre, to meet anticipated demand when Manchester overspill families move into the area.

The projects will keep Bury in step with its soaring school population.

Since 1960 the figure has grown from just over 8,000 to nearly 9,200, and by 1975 is expected to leap to 12,500 ­— almost double the town's school population of 1950.

Added to this will be the effects of overspill developments in the town and the higher school leaving age.