Thursday 3 December 2009 4.20pm
Just a quick warning/reminder to people:
I was walking down Tower Bridge Road
at around 9.45pm last night talking with a friend on my mobile phone. As I approached Bermondsey Square
a hooded cyclist (I would guess he was about 16 but hard to tell) came past riding on the pavement and tried to literally grab my phone out of my hand. Fortunately I was able to hold on and put it in my pocket before a second came past and joined his friend.
I shouted a few obscenitites at them expecting them to disappear into the night. In fact, to my surprise rather than cycle off they actually stopped 20 metres down the road, got off their bikes and started shouting back and gesturing.
At that point I decided that discretion would be the better part of valour and dropped into Sainsburys to gather my composure. By the time I came out 5 minutes later they had gone.
So no harm done, and I realise that events such as these are unfortuntately very much a part of life anywhere in any big city, but worth remembering to take care with things like this when walking home in the dark (even if not that late).
I shall certainly revert to using my hands free when out and about!