Elsewhere in The News that grim Monday was a story about Hampshire ambulance officers who were warning of job losses, cuts and falling standards as the service faced a major cash crisis.
All training and recruitment of ambulance crews had stopped following an announcement by management that the service was at least £400,000 in the red.
Passers-by ran for a ladder to help rescue trapped fire victims who narrowly escaped death as fire tore through a flat in the heart of bedsit land in Shaftesbury Road, Southsea.
Dairy farmers in east Hampshire combined forces to help each other during a tanker drivers’ dispute.
Police made 26 arrests at the Chelsea/Pompey match the previous Saturday.
The Metropolitan Police arrested seven people inside Stamford Bridge, including two from the Portsmouth area, for the Division II clash.
A national list of 1,500 names, containing dozens of Portsmouth and Chichester area clergy against the ordination of women as priests, was the ‘tip of the iceberg’ according to a member of the General Synod.
On television that night Peter Davison starred in A Very Peculiar Practice, Barry Norman presented Film 88 and Karl Howman was the womanising decorator in Brush Strokes.