Welcoming sight, community 'bobbies' on a bike
It's been so hot his week haven't had the energy to do anything very strenuous. Even eating has been minimal and certainly nothing but salads - can't be bothered to cook. Seem to be loosing weight without even trying.
Had to have a meeting with the police today because of a local situation which is getting out of hand. So different from a few months ago when they claimed they didn't have the time to take menial matters seriously. An appointment was made and I was told to expect one of the community police who would docket a report.
We all know the police are over worked, didn't really expect the PC to keep to time but surprisingly the duty officer from the main police station, telephoned regularly to reshedule the appointment. Was amazed the change in their community attitude. The two hour delay wasn't any stress. A few months ago they would have just left me hanging on waiting.
Was wondering how the PC was getting here. Dreaded the thought of him arriving in one of those flash police cars and parking outside as if I've done something wrong. No worries on that score. To my amazement he arrived on a bicycle with all the safety gear. Reminded me of the old style 'bobby' I used to see as a child. Being a curious soul I had to ask questions and was told the community police were all given cycles a few months ago.
He left as the mail arrived - most mail was certificates relating to my family tree project. More about that in another post. One expected letter however was to info me that the structural works on this property is scheduled for April next year - a surveyor is coming in August. What a relief the works will commence after the winter months. Not looking forward to being surrounded by scaffolding and blue netting for about 12 weeks but it has to be done.
For the PFI residents forum, least I can start my own monitoring diary.
Another good news is that my nephew Matthew a career soldier, those that read this blog will know what happened to him, has been transferred to the army rehabilitation centre. He under a grueling intensive fitness training programme. Have to really respect him; after all he has been though, his primary concern is for his unit - he's determined he is going recover enough to be able rejoin his men back on active duty overseas. Doctors reports seem to indicate that he is making rapid progress. We have to wait and see how it goes.
Had another meeting in North Road. Hadn't realised it was on the corner where Ben Kinsella was killed. Very emotional walking past with all the touching tributes, flowers and candles. There is so much community reaction about the spate of knife crimes in the area. Seems she's another community charged softy like me - Bridget Fox confirms the 'Lose the knife… not a life'. march is confirmed for 20 September. A campaign I'm fully supporting.
Later: - Couldn't find a photo of any of Islington's community police on a bicycle so opted for one taken recently in London during the carrying of the Olympic touch. What a colourful sight to behold. Something I hadn't given a thought to - a Daily Mail post last July reports, "Police banned from riding bikes until they have passed a cycling proficiency test". Quite right too!