Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Omertà - Essex style

A policeman's lot is not a happy one over Bank Holday weekends - even in the isolated Essex resort of Walton-on-the-Naze.

Police were called to a large group of men fighting in Walton on Good Friday. Officers went to Mill Lane at 6pm and found a 23-year-old man with a head injury.

No sign, then, of the 'large group', who had presumably scarpered long before the Old Bill hove in to view - the road to Walton being long, tortuous and incredibly slow. Still, they got there in time to take a statement...

The man, who claimed he tripped and injured himself, was taken to Colchester General Hospital.

Ah, that well known case of the pavement rising up and hitting someone in the face. But surely someone else had something to say about it? What about the person who made the original call?

No complaints of an offence have been reported to the police.

Hmm. Though some way removed, could it, by any chance be related to this story? Or this one? Me, I'm not saying anything.

1 comment:

  1. There's a very big development in East London, which used to be Essex. It's all very new with lots of facilities and parking. There is plenty of free space and opportunities for the relevant activities of these groups. It might be a bit busy for three to four weeks in the middle of next year but otherwise would be ideal for them. Why have all the local authorities not thought of this?