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Andy Capp
post Aug 11 2010, 07:23 AM
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Note:I know affray is spelt wrong in the heading.

It would seem that underpasses are becoming a favoured place for robberies or muggings. Perhaps it should be advised not to venture alone into them? Perhaps it is advisable that one shouldn't wander alone at night in Newbury?

With reports of affray, or worse, seemingly on the increase in Newbury, I'd be interested in hearing the views of the local police; if we have any.

I understand that Thames Valley Police covers Reading; I wonder if perhaps that is to the detriment of Newbury?


Man attacked with wooden object in underpass at the Robin Hood Roundabout

A delivery van driver was threatened by two men in Nightingales Road last Wednesday

Man robbed by a man with a large kitchen knife in Burger King Roundabout underpass

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Hugh Saskin
post Aug 11 2010, 07:49 AM
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Probably safer to move to Swindon where, so I've been told, there's virtually no crime at all...
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post Aug 11 2010, 08:15 AM
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QUOTE (Hugh Saskin @ Aug 11 2010, 08:49 AM) *
Probably safer to move to Swindon where, so I've been told, there's virtually no crime at all...


I'd prefer it if you moved to Helmland. I've heard you would be popular with the locals.
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post Aug 11 2010, 08:43 AM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Aug 11 2010, 09:15 AM) *
I'd prefer it if you moved to Helmland. I've heard you would be popular with the locals.


Was that really neccessary?
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Andy Capp
post Aug 11 2010, 08:44 AM
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QUOTE (Hugh Saskin @ Aug 11 2010, 08:49 AM) *
Probably safer to move to Swindon where, so I've been told, there's virtually no crime at all...

Perhaps crims view Newbury as a soft touch; an easy target.
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Andy Capp
post Aug 11 2010, 08:45 AM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Aug 11 2010, 09:15 AM) *
I'd prefer it if you moved to Helmland. I've heard you would be popular with the locals.

I think he thought, as do I, that Hugh Saskin was being sarcastic.
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post Aug 11 2010, 09:18 AM
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QUOTE (Bill1 @ Aug 11 2010, 09:43 AM) *
Was that really neccessary?


Yes. He is just being sarcastic and as we know sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Sorry Bill1 - The guy is just boring, tedious etc etc. I expect he'll post about other people using the forum to post in work time next. It's his pet topic. Yawn...... rolleyes.gif
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post Aug 11 2010, 10:35 AM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Aug 11 2010, 08:23 AM) *
Perhaps it is advisable that one shouldn't wander alone at night in Newbury?

Well, I wouldn't these days, particularly in the town centre. Newbury has really gone downhill in recent years.

PS: in another post, it took me a while to work out where "Helmland" was supposed to be. Not very nice.
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post Aug 11 2010, 10:52 AM
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Lets keep away from the personal stuff please. The forum has been full of interesting, informed and grown up debate in the last few weeks in particular. Let's try and keep it that way.
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post Aug 11 2010, 10:54 AM
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QUOTE (admin @ Aug 11 2010, 11:52 AM) *
Lets keep away from the personal stuff please. The forum has been full of interesting, informed and grown up debate in the last few weeks in particular. Let's try and keep it that way.

Yes, and other people have added some interesting comments as well wink.gif laugh.gif


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post Aug 11 2010, 12:28 PM
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QUOTE (admin @ Aug 11 2010, 11:52 AM) *
Lets keep away from the personal stuff please. The forum has been full of interesting, informed and grown up debate in the last few weeks in particular. Let's try and keep it that way.



Well said!
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post Aug 12 2010, 09:31 AM
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Text message converstion between my wife and I at about 7:15pm last night whilst waiting at Newbury train station for a train home (verbatim)

Wife: "Some yob just asked me for money - I said no and then he asked me if I have any credit for him to use my phone"
Me: "What is it with Newbury and its chav begging scumbags?"
Wife: "I always feel like I'm going to get mugged or beaten up at Newbury station. I hate it"
Me: "I think you should drive in then"

I work in Reading and visit Newbury a few times a month (I now live in Wiltshire) and I've been asked to hand over more 50p / £1 coins "to use the phone" and "for a cup of tea" MORE times than I've been asked in Reading.

What will it take to tackle this definitely growing problem? The perception is the police will / can not do much so what about a broken jaw to one or more of these rodents? I'm sure it won't be long before someone snaps and takes matters into their own hands!
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post Aug 12 2010, 02:36 PM
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QUOTE (eternalriver @ Aug 12 2010, 10:31 AM) *
Text message converstion between my wife and I at about 7:15pm last night whilst waiting at Newbury train station for a train home (verbatim)

Wife: "Some yob just asked me for money - I said no and then he asked me if I have any credit for him to use my phone"
Me: "What is it with Newbury and its chav begging scumbags?"
Wife: "I always feel like I'm going to get mugged or beaten up at Newbury station. I hate it"
Me: "I think you should drive in then"

I work in Reading and visit Newbury a few times a month (I now live in Wiltshire) and I've been asked to hand over more 50p / £1 coins "to use the phone" and "for a cup of tea" MORE times than I've been asked in Reading.

What will it take to tackle this definitely growing problem? The perception is the police will / can not do much so what about a broken jaw to one or more of these rodents? I'm sure it won't be long before someone snaps and takes matters into their own hands!


If someone just asking for 50p makes you snap and want to break someone's jaw you need to get some help.
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post Aug 12 2010, 04:38 PM
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QUOTE (Hugh Saskin @ Aug 11 2010, 08:49 AM) *
Probably safer to move to Swindon where, so I've been told, there's virtually no crime at all...



You are joking; I grew up in Swindon and my daughter is currently working there. It is not a case of 'no crime in Swindon' but a case of the people giving up reporting it as nothing is ever done.
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post Aug 12 2010, 04:51 PM
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Have to say that being part of Thames Valley Police does Newbury no favours. Lets be honest in any organisation there is a degree of 'group think' which affects management logic. In other words - that's how it is.

So, I'd hazard a guess that TVP see Newbury as a sleepy backwater. The real 'action' takes place in Reading, or Slough or anywhere but West Berks. Very easy mistake to make! I feel far safer in Reading Town centre in the evening than Newbury, don't mind admitting. Indeed at the moment, I spend a couple of evenings in central london - hordes of Police but no real sign of trouble.

Just to reinforce this, I saw the 'murder' figure for West Berkshire and compared it with the area I stay in North London, round Kings Cross. We were eight times higher! That was a couple of years back and I had a classic response from a Councillor 'Yes, but we know why all those people got murdered' . That gave me a lot of comfort!!


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post Aug 12 2010, 06:48 PM
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What are BTP doing with regards to the train station??
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post Aug 12 2010, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE (ossy1 @ Aug 12 2010, 07:48 PM) *
What are BTP doing with regards to the train station??


We give up, what are they doing? wink.gif
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post Aug 12 2010, 07:06 PM
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QUOTE (Jayjay @ Aug 12 2010, 03:36 PM) *
If someone just asking for 50p makes you snap and want to break someone's jaw you need to get some help.



You're probably right, perhaps I do. I was brought up to earn money not ask random people in the street for it - my parents have a lot to answer for! wink.gif
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post Aug 12 2010, 07:11 PM
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QUOTE (Jayjay @ Aug 12 2010, 03:36 PM) *
If someone just asking for 50p makes you snap and want to break someone's jaw you need to get some help.


Perhaps BUT. Its rather like the street mucisian playing at Picadilly Tube Station - very nice BUT do we need the amplification so loud that it hurts your ears? Same with the 'spare 50p guv' no issue BUT do we need the laying across the pavement festooned in rubbish. Or the sitting about being agressive. That one broken window starts the rot syndrome - lets clean the town up. Today, no one in the country needs to live in abject poverty or 'on the street' - its a personal choice. Harsh but true.


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post Aug 12 2010, 07:22 PM
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QUOTE (eternalriver @ Aug 12 2010, 08:06 PM) *
You're probably right, perhaps I do. I was brought up to earn money not ask random people in the street for it - my parents have a lot to answer for! wink.gif
I was brought up not to break peoples jaws. wink.gif
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