Friday 8 January 2010 11.44am
A friend of mine was mugged at 11.40pm on Wednesday, this week, in Balaclava Road
. There were 3 black youths, hooded, one of whom was on a bike. My friend was punched in the face, several times, sustaining some nasty bruising and a ferocious black eye - and, of course, shock. His bag was stolen - with only paperwork inside - and, amazingly, was found the following morning and he was contacted. Thanks to the member of Southwark Council
who found it and called him.
I spent the day with him, yesterday, at Guys and then St Thomas's. It could have been a lot worse, but it was bad enough.
A short while after, I understand a member of staff from the Garrison, in Bermondsey Street
, had a similar experience - three hooded black guys, one on a bike.
The purpose of this post? To express my own anger and disgust and to warn people to please be aware, as you brave the frozen pavements,late at night, that there are other potential hazards around.
A Happy and Safe New Year to one and all!