Saturday 4 August 2012 11.52am
Must say I disagree with the comments about the blue. Quite a few of my friends (including women) live around that area and have never had problems or felt threatened.
If they live North of the Blue, then it may well feel fine (though I'm not convinced it is). If they live on Southwark Park Road itself, then I cannot imagine how they feel safe at all.
Intimidating youths are constantly roaming the streets, often not actively doing anything other than asserting themselves, but fairly often throwing missiles of various sorts at pedestrians and cyclists.
The area to the South-East of the Blue is now so affected by gangs that there have been police raids, following an appeal to the authorities. I suppose we can console ourselves that it has been almost four months since the last (reported) rape.
Which is before you get into the late-night generalised antisocialness that you get on any busy street with pubs in most towns, but nonetheless differentiates Southwark Park Road to the West from the bit that is, in fact, by the Park.
Crime and anti-social behaviour by The Blue are identified as strategic priorities in Southwark's most recent policing plan, which suggests that they have identified a problem (although since they identified it I am yet to see any police patrolling, only ever in emergency response situations).