The scene at 3pm this afternoon at Cecil Square in Margate. No visible signs of any “Flashmob” or anyone else come to that!
Margate seafront is in a rather subdued Easter holiday mood but the Big Wheel is a great success. Because of the problems surrounding its planning permission, a smaller model is waiting to take its place in Godden’s Gap and is now standing in the harbour piazza.
On the cycle ride into Margate I quickly noticed that the Westbrook car park is being used as a race track and training area for mini-motorcycles. At least four on the last count. Seeing signs of low-level anti-social behaviour along the route, I’ve spent the last hour on my cycle ride looking for a policeman in Margate but have found no evidence that the species exists in Thanet on a Bank Holiday Sunday.
I spoke to one concerned resident who had called Crime Stoppers, you know the one-stop shop to report all crimes short of 999. Crime stoppers said "Call Kent police." "What’s the point of calling Crimestoppers then", they were asked, “You should be called ‘Crimetalkers’ instead!’ “I’m sorry you feel that way", was the reply.”
So if anyone in Kent Police is reading this, you can pick up four mini-motorcycles in one shot if you simply wander down to the Westbrook car park, you’ll hear them from a long way away and they are still there now at 15:20.
How, I ask, can you have a Bank Holiday weekend in Margate and even the suggestion of a “Flashmob” in the town centre with not a copper in sight? All praise though to Thanet District Council who have an army of beach cleaners operating between Margate and Westgate. Pity half of them couldn’t be community police officers but maybe that’s for another day.