Thursday 23 February 2012 10.39pm
I sent a letter to Simon Hughes
regarding this just before Christmas,I was at beaking point,seemingly every other night the police helicopter was in the air circling,as you say Davies,lower and lower 2,3am,I could not for the life of me understand what they were up to,if it was accompanied by police car sirens then I could accept it,understanding that they were in pursuit of criminals,but no,no sirens,it turned out that there was an incident in Parliament sq,so why the circle reaching as far south as St Georges circus?It was only 30 or so herberts "storming" the sq after the eviction of the peace campaigners.
Of course Simon did his best for me and contacted the CAA and via him I received a letter explaining that I/we live in the "London city central zone"where there are rules and procedures regarding flights in this zone but that there were no constraints to the hours of operation on helicopter routes,also that night helicopter activity often involves the met police air supportunit (oh really).He goes on to say that if I experiance any further problems to contact the"aviation related enviromental enquiries"
Now this has to be a coincidence but there has been no night activity since.
This has to be challenged in my opinion,quite frankly I think they (the police)are taking the proverbial and not considering the lives of the public with their rather lazy policing.