Wednesday 18 June 2008 8.47am
A couple of weeks ago there was a group of about 20 or 25 teenagers, nearly all boys, fighting in Leathermarket Gardens
. I called the police and was told by the operator 4 other people were also calling the incident in. I was asked to stay on the line and decribe what was happening, and was asked several times if anyone had any knives or other weapons, which as far as I could see they didn't. However, the police didn't respond....at all....even 40 minutes later there was only an ambulance....so good effort boys in blue...great response. Did you need to get enough of you together to deal with the kids, or was it shift change and you couldn't get "organised" or did you all hope it just would go away, which it did as the amubulance arrived...5 stars for the guys in green. Even the phone operator was surprised that no-one responded...what exactly do the police do these days? I'm sure they have a lot on their plate but here was an example of where a police response/presence was so obviously called for and what happened...nothing...nothing at all....why exactly not? I'm sure the lad walking off bleeding as the ambulance arrived would have appreciated a bit of effort from the Met.