The woman on the Kiln estate in Gospel Oak said that she has had enough after "doing everything properly, reporting things to the authoroties" etc. Nothing was done to help her and she came out with a bat and defended herself her granddaughter and her home.
On a northern UK estate a woman was jailed after she fired at youths with a BB gun [they weren't hit or hurt] after years of abuse from them. Recently the mainstream newspapers reported how a mother killed both herself and her daughter after ten years of torment from a group of men.
What kind of society or police "service" looks the other way when women are continously abused by groups of men? Too often the women are the ones arrested or ticked off and warned by police when they defend themselves againt violent men. Another Camden woman was threatened with arrest for harrassment when a group of men started an intimidation campaign. A petrified woman who was screaming with fear during a domestic violence incident in Gospel Oak was arrested for breach of the peace, for screaming in terror while being chased. She had been traumatised during war in Somalia and then had the trauma of violent man to deal with but the abuse from Camden Police was the last straw. Old people have told the Camden New Journal that they are too scared to walk down Camden High Street in the evenings following abuse from men hanging around. The elderly people said that the men were drug dealers and that they were so afraid of them that they won't go out but the police are "worse than useless", so they stay in when they want to get fresh air, take a walk in town, visit friends, go to a restaurant or go shopping. They simply stay in which isn't fair.
One woman against 60 youths who congregate in her garden every night is something most people living in nice places cannot even begin to comprehend. This is every day reality for the woman who was left with no option but to use a bat to defend herself and a young female relative.
For anyone living in Gospel Oak you will know that this is very dismal estate. It it is like a huge rabbit warren. There isn't much for young people to do which is what leads to them getting angry, frustrated and bored and taking this out on the neighbours. ASBOs are not the answer. I suppose that Camden Council will come with some ingeniuos car parking scam to somehow get some money together to get Gospel Oak sorted out. Meanwhile Camden's Police Service will be hiding out at a bus stop somewhere in groups of fifty to catch people who haven't got a bendy bus ticket. [They love Warren Street / Bayham Street / Holloway Road ....just so you know]. They will also jump out at Camden Town Tube station to search [grope] terrified female tourists who have been caught by a sniffer dog for a having a blim's worth of hash stuck to their shoe or something.
We could just all just go out and get some bats and cause mayhem. [Only kidding]. So, what will Gordon do we ask?