Thursday 15 July 2004 3.05pm
Last night, at about 1.20am (so that's technically today) I was mugged on Bermondsey Street
by a black youth. He was on a bike and wearing (I think) a grey tracksuit with the hood up. He looked young, maybe 16-18. He threatened violence but I didn't actually see a weapon. I continued walking south down Bermondsey Street
and then into Leathermarket Street
, while he stayed on his bike next to me. I handed over bank card, cash, mobile phone and digital camera. He kept demanding my wallet but I kept telling him I didnt have one (which was true).
I have lived in Leathermarket Court for the past 7.5 years. I have walked home down Bermondsey Street
and Weston Street
at all times of the night. Although I have always been aware that this can seem quite a scary area at night, I have reassured myself that, until now at least, I have never had any problem.
Am I right in thinking that there has been an increase in muggings in this area recently? Or is it seasonal, with more crime action in the summer?
I'd appreciate any advice / comments on this subject. The silver lining on this cloud is that I escaped completely unharmed.