Some of the people who’ve just been convicted for murdering a lad nearby were loitering outside our flat for months beforehand.
Was pretty intimidating actually. Turned up one day out of the blue and it was every day for over six months. Different high-powered cars every day, joyriding, selling drugs from the cars. Some days they’d be there at 6am when I left for work and still there at 10pm when I went to bed.
Thought it best to not get involved, but it got really bad. One night some of them flew around a corner into a much smaller car with a woman in it and her toddlers in the back, got out of their car, opened her door and were shouting at her.
We could hear everything they’d say from our front room, they weren’t at all discreet. Regularly heard them talking about robbing people and knives, and they started openly intimidating neighbours. Also saw one of them kicking a fox in the face randomly.
Did fuck all beyond an anonymous email to Crimestoppers, because I’m a shithouse, but also all these really contrasting feelings about speaking to the police, etc. One day they just weren’t there and never came back, then a few months later some of them were on the front page of the local paper.
I don’t know what the answers are. I don’t like the police particularly and don’t think our local police are fit for purpose, but crime is getting out of hand, and while it’s clearly governmental factors driving it I don’t think they’re going to change any time soon. I know I don’t want to play any part in anyone getting convicted, but it’s unsafe.
I feel like my politics are at odds with the most obvious ways of tackling crime quickly, longer term social and ideological solutions aside, but you can’t give the police more powers when they’re proven to be untrustworthy, and you can’t raise police presence and have more stop and search without increasing rather than reducing racism and prejudice.
Really don’t fucking know. The country really is fucked from the top down.