This week in 1988 New Scotland Yard issued photographs of a car used in a bungled armed robbery in Barkingside when two men with a handgun made off with the day’s takings from the Superdrug store in the High Street. They ran to a 1976 Ford Capri driven by a third man. But the driver took the car into a dead end service road where both the car and the money were abandoned.
Elsewhere 29 years ago this week, on August 17, Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and the US ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Lewis Raphel, were killed in a plane crash near Bahawalpur. On August 18, Ian Rush became the most expensive player to join a British club when he returned to Liverpool FC for £2,700,000 after a year at Juventus in Italy. On August 20 the Iran-Iraq war ended and six British soldiers were killed by an IRA bomb near Belfast.
In the charts, the top selling single was The Only Way Is Up by Yazz and the number one album was Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol 12.
At the cinema the most popular film was Young Guns.
TV shows for the coming weekend included Grandstand, Michael Barrymore’s Saturday Night Out and Clive James on Television.