The killing of John Beckley had a chilling resonance many years later with another notorious stabbing, the murder of Stephen Lawrence. He was wearing a gaudy tie which he removed, putting it in another pocket. In truth, they were more influenced by the fledgling Rock ‘n’ Roll culture which was scandalising America. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Michael John Davies’ trial for the murder of John Beckley began on 19th October 1953. Michael John Davies, (right) the 20 year old labourer from Clapham, never denied being in the fight. The attempt is raising funds for Ollie's Army Battling Against Battens, an organisation campaigning to raise GBP 250,000 to fund a clinical trial aimed at saving the sight of children with CNL2 Batten Disease. "Then he crashed into the traffic light post when he swerved to avoid a person crossing at the junction. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Spotting the young men on the benches, and interpreting their different clothing and behaviour as an explicit challenge, members of The Plough Boys decided to provoke Beckley and his friends. It was late in the evening and her view of the fight on the moving bus with its internal lights on must have been obscured by both the relatively small windows of the bus and the large trees along side the road. Despite the absence of the knidfe that killed John Beckley, the jury took just two hours to return with a guilty verdict, and Davies was sentenced to death. A retired Assistant Head Teacher, mad keen on guitars. All of a sudden he stopped and fell against a wall outside an apartment block called Oakeover Manor. However after many petitions to the Home Secretary he granted a reprieve for Davies after 92 days in the Condemned Cell. Police were called to Clapham Park Road, close to Clapham Common Tube station just after 2.30pm on Friday following reports of a stabbing. V1. The new polar ship will transform UK research in the polar regions and will be used on BAS missions which are critical for understanding and making sense of changing climate. Once again, a knife would be the weapon, but would never be found. Stockwell. A Daily Mirror headline during the trial simply said Flick Knives, Dance Music and Edwardian Suits. Michael John Davies’ case went to appeal and eventually to the House of Lords both to no avail. Alter A-levels and GCSEs to take into account lost learning, parents demand. A murder investigation has been launched in south London after a man was stabbed to death on Friday afternoon.. Police were called to Clapham Park Road, close to Clapham Common … He was suffering from stab wounds and died shortly afterwards at the scene. 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Incidentally, Drury, (right) one of the investigating officers in the Beckley murder case, would later become Commander of the Flying Squad in the 1970s and in 1977 was convicted on five counts of corruption and jailed for eight years. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Teddy Boys, Mods, Rockers, Chavs, Gangstas – each generation reinvents itself, but each is depressingly the same – a cloak for male testosterone-fuelled rivalry and aggression. An inquest into his death is currently ongoing, A flypast to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain flies over Westminster Abbey, London, People sit outside on a street closed to traffic to try to reduce the spread of coronavirus so bars and restaurants can continue to stay open, in the Soho area of central London. Five youths were initially charged by the Police, with one more charged a few days later, and they were remanded to Bow Street. 21/06/1944. 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Mr Camara, 36, who saw the incident from his upstairs office window, said: “He was driving really fast up the road, tyres screeching. Every generation has a sub-culture which, at its most harmless is just clothes and hairstyles, but at its worst is just a cover for male violence. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Court 11 at 10am trial of Zion Chiata and another accused of murder. V1 fell on Clapham Common near Mount Pond. There was no shortage of suspects among the South London gangs. However they were charged with common assault and kept in custody. It is a part of the Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy exhibition, the UK's largest ever commemorative exhibition on the Mayflower. THE MURDERS. Police appeal for witnesses after killing, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. She later identified him as John Davies. One of the Teddy Boy gangs was known as The Plough Boys, from their patronage of a local pub, The Plough. It is the second fatal stabbing in less than 24 hours in the capital after a man in his 20s was killed in Westminster on Thursday evening. All were arrested and charged with John Beckley’s murder. Clapham. The protest was organised to enable the students to show their anger and disappointment to the University of Edinburgh, after the students felt they were misled after they returned to find the vast majority of their lectures and contacts were all online, The sun rises over the Severn crossing as traffic crosses from England into Wales, where a countrywide firebrake lockdown will begin from 6pm today until 12.01am on 9 November, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier wearing an EU-flag themed face mask arriving at a conference centre in central London to attend a new round of trade talks with the UK. Arizona 2020 election results: could Trump still win? All were arrested and charged with John Beckley’s murder. Four youths were tried for his murder but the court aquitted them of the murder on the grounds that the murderer was a mysterious fifth man that vanished after the attack. The remaining Plough Boys, realising that the situation had become more serious than a simple punch-up, ran off. 0. The young men sitting on the benches included seventeen year old John Beckley, an apprentice electrical engineer, Frederick Chandler, an eighteen year old bank clerk and Brian Carter. Eyewitnesses described … 1953, Clapham, London, murder, Teddy Boys, True Crime. Two of the gang denied having been on Clapham Common; two admitted being there, but denied involvement. The satirical artist Cold War Steve has been ordered by the council to cover up a massive windbreak depicting a naked Boris Johnson chasing a pig, which was due to be displayed on Boscombe beach. 01:45. 18:35. Clapham Common station remains open but roads have been closed in the area. The four others were formally found not guilty after Christmas Humphreys, (left)  the prosecutor for the Crown, said he was not satisfied there was any evidence against them on this indictment. Clapham Common station remains open but roads have been closed in the area. Gavin Garraway,40, was stabbed to death close to Clapham Common tube station. A social trend which had the middle-aged and elderly tut-tutting was the rise of the Teddy Boy. “We all set about two of them on the pavement” he said “I didn’t have a knife, I only used my fists.”. 0. LAUGHING GANG. A crime scene is in place and the investigation is ongoing. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Witnesses claimed the victim was a father of three who lived locally. Clapham Common South Side. 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