Potts and St Luke's head teacher Denise Bennett after
hearing the verdict on Horrett Campbell
A wave of shock and horror swept thorough Wolverhampton in July
as machete wielding maniac, Horrett Campbell, went on the rampage
in a Blakenhall school playground where young children were enjoying
a teddy bears picnic.
He laughed as he launched his attack on three children and four
adults at St Luke's Infants school. Witnesses described how the
32-year-old-raider appeared at a school fence, leaned over and tried
to grab a child.
He then leapt into the playground and started his savage attack.
eight hours later Campbell (left) was being quizzed by detectives
after being found hiding in a cupboard on the ninth floor of some
flats at Villiers House, just yards from the school playground.
Campbell was whisked away under cover of a blanket as a jeering
crowd gathered outside the flats. He was thought to have hidden
in the building at Villiers House from the time of the attack until
The heroine of the day was 21-year-old nursery nurse, Lisa Potts,
whose bravery captured the hearts of the country when they heard
how she tackled Campbell.
Lisa suffered terrible arm injuries as she attempted to protect
her young charges who she tried to hide in some cupboards.
"I couldn't believe what was going on," she said later. "I was
just really concerned for the children.They were hiding under my
skirt, holding on to my legs and screaming my name."
She said she was desperately trying to open a door to get the
children away but couldn't because her arm "was such a mess". She
said it was the adrenalin that kept her going.
After a campaign to recognise Lisa's bravery, led by the Express
& Star, she was awarded the George Medal.
Campbell was convicted on seven counts of attempted murder and
ordered to be detained indefinitely.
Building a better image: A swearing ban was slapped on workers
at a Walsall construction firm in July in a bid by their bosses to
improve the image of the industry. And the firm concerned,
Kendrick Construction, of Tasker Street, were so keen to improve
the image that they put a no swearing clause in the workers and
Kendrick's were carrying out several major contracts in the Midlands
including 840,000 worth of work at the Express & Star's new
8 million West Bromwich printing plant.
Dennis Hislop, a director of the firm, which employed 200 builders,
said: "We expect people to generally behave in a way which does
not cause a nuisance.
"But I dare say if a carpenter hits his thumb with a hammer not
swearing will be the last thing on his mind."
The Federation of Builders welcomed the ban which they felt could
only improve the industry's image.
"Most people have the idea of a man with trousers half-way down
his backside when they think of builders," they said.
Red card for terrace swearing: Wolves scored with a special
award in October for their campaign to cut-out bad language at Molineux
by sending-off foul-mouthed fans.
In a bid to cut the course expressions Molineux stewards were
issuing yellow and red cards to abusive spectators.
Fans who ignored at least two of the yellow card warnings and
those who continued to use bad language faced being given the red
card - and ejected from stadium as well as being suspended from
Their clean-up campaign made them the first football league side
to be honoured by the Campaign for Courtesy, formerly the Polite
mark the occasion, campaign founder, the Rev Ian Gregory, of Newcastle-under-Lyme,
handed a framed certificate to club officials at Molineux (right).
'Hag' outburst cost job: A loud-mouthed British Telecom directory
inquiries operator who called a widow a "silly old hag" over the telephone
in October was sacked after being traced through an investigation.
The customer, Mrs Dora Brewster, aged 78, of Bickford, near Penkridge,
was left in tears by the operator's abuse.
His outburst came when she tried to get the phone number of a
taxi company and gave the operator the name and address of the firm.
He replied: "How do you expect me to find the number from that,
you silly old hag." He then slammed the phone down.
British Telecom immediately apologised to the pensioner.
Slim chance: A woman driver who claimed at Wolverhampton magistrates
court that she was over the permitted alcohol limit because she was
on a slimming course was fined £400 in October.