Following-on from my request for reader ‘contributions’ to keep the weblog rolling, here’s a first, I hope, from Amy Jones – Thanks Amy:
"Last night a friend of mine who lives in Northdown Road, St Peters was woken at 1.00 am by the police to be told that a gang of young yobs wending their way from the Co-op in St Peters back towards the 'estate' off Westover Road had included his car window in the trail of mindless damage they were leaving behind them. Cars by St Peters Co-op, the bus shelter and cars 'en-route' had received the 'hammer treatment' as did the telephone box in Beacon Road by the bike shop. The police proudly told my friend that they had recovered the hammer. His thoughts are that a little bit of preventive policing might be more appropriate than reactive policing.
I have yet to tell him that whilst this gang were causing 'Hammer Mayhem' in St Peters, less than a mile away, no less than four police cars and eight police officers were sitting in the lay-by on Ramsgate Road by B&Q , stopping cars and ostensibly checking for 'insurance' and no doubt sniffing hard for alcohol on breath. Quite clearly our local police have different priorities to local people's priorities!"
Ed: Probably a traffic unit, which a comment on an earlier story suggested don’t ‘Do policing’ as we know it but focus on traffic offences instead. Very useful but we could do with more of the other type of police persons that “Do yobs” instead.
Incidentally, the average speed cameras have been reportedly turned on as you negotiate the A2 roadworks into London, quite a distraction and a worry if you are driving. A review of the Government's speed cameras policy was demanded yesterday after official statistics showed that only five per cent of crashes are caused by drivers breaking the speed limit.