Monday 10 July 2006 3.54pm
One question I would like to ask fellow residents is what can/should one do when we encounter a cycle theft? On Saturday morning when my girlfriend and I were waiting at the 47 bus stop on the far east end of Tooley Street
we spotted 3 youths cutting through the locks of two cycles on the other side of the road which were chained to the railings. I walked into the centre of the road to try and 'scare' them off. After some initial verbals two of them came towards me and warned me off - one with the cutters in his hand to thump me with and the other with his hand behind his back ready to pull out something (or pretending to) and so I had to back off as no-one seemed willing to join me to try and stop them. We and some of the other residents had to stand there totally powerless to stop the theft (which took quite awhile). Someone shouted that they called the police but they never arrived. The thieves just didn't care that people were around. Standing there and having to watch this happen makes you fell pretty impotent.