Prison break

This is the best Miss Sally ever.

- Agamemnon "The Mole" Busmalis, Oz

Earlier today, a Serco van carrying prisoners got stuck under the bridge on Mantle Road, which continues to snare the unwary like a trapdoor spider. We weren't there, don't have any pictures, but imagine it probably looked a bit like this.

Thanks to Brockley's Twitterati for piecing it together.

12 comments:

eye witness said...

my wife was having her hair cut in Hair Bohemia at the time and said it was like a scene from Con-Air. Kind of...

Brockley Nick said...

Ah Con Air! Of course, that's the thing I should have grabbed a quote from...

Blunderbuss said...

Yesterday on Mantle Rd I also saw a criminal thing although not as comic.

At 5.30pm a man was attacked by three youths who dragged him to the ground wrestled with him and stole his phone. They then came towards me to do the same, but after verbally threatening me thankfully changed their mind and jogged off. For a while they just stood outside the Broca, as if nothing had happened.

I've lived in Brockley for 10 years and can remember plenty of muggings at night. But have never seen anything like this before in broad daylight with passers by. Really shocking, especially coming on the same day that reports that Cameron is planning to cut police numbers by 34000 poeple!

Anonymous said...

It's well known in policing circles that you can cut a fair few officers and put more people in the backoffice which seriously helps things. Unfortunately the public and especially the papers (who as we know feed opinions to the public) are obsessed with the notion of "bobbies on the beat". This puts politicians in the position where they're criticised for doing the best thing with the limtied resources available.

Anonymous said...

Well I guess the school holidays are upon us and the teenagers will start their summer mischief.

Sometimes Brockley has to suffer this sort of thing as our younger community criminals begin their careers.

I guess that side of tracks is near the estate where they normally hang out.

The Cat Man said...

blunderbuss, that person was me. Can you forward your details via nick to me pls. That evening the 3 people were caught if you saw the instance please get in touch!

Thanks.

Catman

Blunderbuss said...

Okay.

Charlie said...

What a horrible thing to happen in broad daylight! A man's being attacked in the street. Why didn't anyone help? Or did they? Utterly frightening. Are we are just fair game for criminals.

This kind thing could really ruin Brockley.

Brockley Nick said...

Why does one admittedly very unpleasant-sounding incident foretell the ruination of Brockley?

If anything the fact that a witness came forward via this article and the police have caught the suspects is a sign that community order is in decent health.

Where are Captain Perspective and his statarangs?

Charlie said...

Whilst it's great the miscreants appear to have been caught. What concerns me is the sheer hide of the attack. Where did the get the audacity to perform such an act in broad daylight? Are they mental? on drugs? And/or just don't give a hoot?

Or is this a part of youth culture? If so we are in trouble!

Captain Perspective said...

Captain Perspective believes you're a little too worried about crime in the area, though feels for Catman.

Captain Perspective away!

The Cat Man said...

Just to put things in perspective I have lived here for 6 yrs and this is the first time anything like this has happened, and I am certainly still very happy to live here. It was a relatively minor event, and yes - at least two witnesses have come forward.

The police have been utterly fantastic - a tremendous effort, all caught and from my perspective (the victim) very courteous and professional with alot of after care and support.

I'm not going to comment further, but rest assured this incident is no way representative of Brockley!

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