the crime stories on this blog come from local witnesses or people otherwise caught up in incidents who contact me directly. It can be quite odd hearing about horrible things hapenning just streets away which I had, until then, no idea about.
Last night this came in the form of someone who was turning up at a Shepherd's Bush drinks thing that a bunch of us who live locally went along to. This person, on the way to the Raving Buddha pub on Goldhawk Road witnessed a violent and unprovoked assault by one woman on another. The woman doing the assaulting was carrying the ubiquitous can of lager sold by one of the off licences who keep applying for ever later alcohol licenses, and took place at the bus stop where this bottling took place - the inevitable result of those sales.
Bad? Yes, but it was made worse by the racial abuse that was heard to be directed at the victim before her headscarf was violently ripped off and she was assailed by punches until passers by intervened. But it was even worse because at least two people called the local police - and they didn't come. Witnesses drifted away as people who had hung around to try to help the victim tried to flag down at least 3 passing police cars - who ignored them and carried on driving.
Around half an hour later we did from the pub see a police van arrive, lights flashing, and then drive away again. Because nobody was there anymore. Who knows how that will be measured in their statistics, and frankly who cares.
I have a huge respect for the police here, who routinely face horrendous situations on our behalf such as this incident involving a man carrying a bottle full of what was suspected to be acid or ammonia just this week. But failing to turn up at a report of a woman being battered in an alcohol fuelled racially aggravated incident?
Perhaps that is what these cuts to police numbers are going to look like then.