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  • My son was mugged yesterday
  • Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Unpleasant for you and your son OP.

    I and university friends experienced a few muggings and attempts.

    I stood and yelled my head off across the road at two lads setting about an older chap – succeeded in scaring them off.

    Three flat mates were mugged on three different occasions.

    I legged it a couple of times – once a bus was passing at near midnight and I think he worked out what was happening as he just pulled away as soon as I set foot. Once I just ran.

    One final, funny, time myself and two good uni friends, were approached by a group of about 5 lads who demanded wallets. Cue laughter from my two mates, and me introducing my mates to the group.
    “This is Darren. He is a sniping instructor with a couple of NI tours under him.”
    And
    “This is Neal, he’s just left the Mariner’s”

    I then laughed as the two pals gave chase….

    The same Darren chap rescued newly other_half_oab in Sefton park one day when a flasher stepped out the bushes (no, not me). The flasher was placed in a headlock and given a few punches while the other_half_oab and Darren strolled out the park to find a phone box and asks the police attend…I think it was a long wait for the perp….

    razorrazoo
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    Didn’t realise there are so many Twickenhamites on here (we should do a ride!) – it was on Cole Park Road, just north of the station.

    Thanks, don’t know that road well but being near the station does it suffer from the influx of collage kids who could be causing trouble at that time?

    We’re up the other end near Kneller Gardens, no doubt once the evenings get lighter and warmer there will be an influx of kids hanging around in that area on bikes and reports of muggings (typically of other kids – police are well aware, they seem to come in from over the other side of the A316 looking for easy pickings).

    Been living in Twickenham for around 20 years, definitely seems to be an increase in this sort of crime more recently, but this may just be down to knowing more people (as kids (8&10) at school mean a wider group of friends and more info shared).

    Riding wise, I tend to either travel to SH or Swinley, or RP road / RP/Thames gravel depending on how much time I have.

    I’ve been asked about 4 times by chavs on trains if I’m a copper, enough that it’s not a random coincidence, I assume this is why I haven’t been mugged in the 6 years I’ve been in London. 😀

    stevextc
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    One of the reasons I left the UK 7 years ago…. There seems to be an underlying tension everywhere. No where else in the world have I thought I might step into a violent situation at any moment for no particular reason….I’ve had my fair share of run ins with chavs and general English dick#+ads

    I think tension has been there since I was a kid but the difference to me is the blow-off release valve and level of tension and subsequent violence. There was crime of course but mostly the violence was more of a ‘scrap’ than serious damage… I never had any interest in football for example but lots of people from school went for a bit of a fight of a Saturday … all a bit stupid but mostly just a few people fighting – but then to draw that parallel its a bit like when the hooligans went elsewhere and found a whole new level of violence (not the ones I knew but in the news)

    I don’t think my 90’s in and around Kingston/Twickers was really very different (including living on the Cambridge estate) … perhaps a bit of spill from London but nothing like today.

    Most of this was a broken nose or black eye and a bit of macho (in the latin american sense)… not exactly what you planned but not getting stabbed. Now it seems to go straight to getting robbed and stabbed….

    Premier Icon IdleJon
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    I don’t think my 90’s in and around Kingston/Twickers was really very different (including living on the Cambridge estate) … perhaps a bit of spill from London but nothing like today.

    The Cambridge estate – that’s a blast from the past. I lived in New Malden from 89-91 and used to walk past the estate a few times a week. Never saw any trouble but never went into the estate. I don’t think I summoned up the courage to even go into the srippers pub on the main road. 😀

    hodgynd
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    OP & Chewk..thanks for your concern & well-wishes ..which I will pass on to my nephew 👍
    I also hope your son & his mate are ok and not too affected by their ordeal OP..

    40 years ago (aged 8) I was mugged coming back from the shop with my dads fags. Different world :). I was jumped at a bus stop too, beaten up close to home as well. Also collared by the local constabulary, thrown against a wall and being accused of knowing exactly what I’d done. I’d literally just left work and had no one what they were on about. Sounds
    like nothing much has changed (apart from buying fags as a kid).

    stevextc
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    The Cambridge estate – that’s a blast from the past. I lived in New Malden from 89-91 and used to walk past the estate a few times a week. Never saw any trouble but never went into the estate. I don’t think I summoned up the courage to even go into the srippers pub on the main road.

    Robert Peel rings a bell if that’s ironic… we went there once and ended up in a scrap after when some locals followed us out but it was really just a bit of a scrap and noone got hurt (any more than I do falling off my bike that happens fairly regularly) and for reasons I can’t even remember it ended before anyone got seriously hurt (probably just we fought back and whatever the stupid reason was turned out to be stupid). I remember about the same time there was a stabbing at the 6 Bells (near the pool) .. and that was a HUGE DEAL…. one of my mates worked there at the time late 80’s (not during the actual stabbing).

    I think my point if I had one is there was plenty of “scrapping” but most of it just fizzled out… and it was incredibly rare if it escalated compared to today.

    docrobster
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    Mentions of Coventry… I went to school in Hinckley so we had the choice of Leicester or cov. A mate was mugged for his tacchini tracksuit top in cov. 1984/5. I never had any bother but like Adrian mole I never had any nice clothes. Tended to stick to Leicester though as Coventry had a bit more of a rough reputation.
    My son wants to go to goldsmiths in September. New cross. The day after the open day we watched one of those police true story docs. A kid was kicked to death on the bus on new cross road…Certainly a bit of a concern.

    Hahah New Cross, I had a pair of moped gang members wave a machete at me and other pedestrians there, as they needed to jump the red lights.

    Premier Icon madmechanist
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    My brother has had similar.. as

    rule of thumb ..go in groups of three..it means you have more then the teams of 2 they will likely use..

    clip everything to you belt on secure caribiners..no easy grab and run..

    learn how to do quick and dirty knockdown moves..easy one..one in the nuts,head swings down immediately as consequence the knee hard in the face then stamp on the back of the neck..works great on anyone of any size..

    Additionally put plain black or grey chunky cases on phones ..they look like old bricks. I have a galaxy note 9 with the grey flip case from samsung ..a mate never noticed till I showed them a picture on the phone and said ‘what phone is that it looks really new..’
    I use a muted dtex covered wallet(super tough material) that’s grey with tan metal chassis and I usually carry a multitool but my tool colour choice is black so in my dark denim they dont stand out and sink then deep in the pocket with only a paracord lanyard picking out the top..

    I carry about £400 odd worth of gear.. never had a problem.. besides ..they try something and slip that knife blade out and go for the arms..when they dont expect it..

    koldun
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    As many have said, i’m not sure there is much of a shift. I had plenty of trouble in the 90’s though maybe with a leaning towards fights rather than theft but really that could just be down to the fact that we didn’t carry much of value back then.
    I would also agree that this is more of an issue in the UK than anywhere else i’ve lived.

    mikertroid
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    A mini maglite is more than just a bright torch. Attach to paracord long enough to fit round, say a neck, and you have a baton and restraining device in one. So I’ve heard. 😎

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    @hodgynd any news on your nephew, he doing okay?

    big_n_daft
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    A 14 year was mugged in Waterfoot, Rossendale a couple if days ago, van and car blocked him in and stole his Lapierre. Not exactly downtown Harpurhey.

    I think the area is targeted because of Lee Quarry, although that is almost deserted by mtbers due to the Muppets on MX

    stevextc
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    As many have said, i’m not sure there is much of a shift. I had plenty of trouble in the 90’s though maybe with a leaning towards fights rather than theft but really that could just be down to the fact that we didn’t carry much of value back then.
    I would also agree that this is more of an issue in the UK than anywhere else i’ve lived.

    I get the value thing but I feel muggings were not common and from my perspective perhaps were more common by the 90’s … yeah sure we had fights over stupid stuff but they weren’t serious and theft occurred but mostly completely separately to violence.

    If anything it was OK to have a fight (stupid but accepted)… it happened but it rarely went serious and never involved weapons ..I remember one guy had to break his own brothers arm (which was the punishment for pulling a weapon in a fight) and he was given the option to do it instead of the community carrying out the punishment and another time when someone on another estate stabbed someone from ours but the other estate took care.

    There were still thefts… just I don’t remember any real thefts with menaces. for example a bike might be taken but then “abandoned to be found”… so it was more of a macho BS than stealing… or bikes might go missing from the garage but that would be a different ball game and the two just didn’t really meet.

    hodgynd
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    @funkmasterp..
    Ive not heard anything today ..but the news last night was that he was out of critical but just drifting in and out of sleep ..his mam & dad were sent home last night ..
    He cant remember anything of what happened ..but apparently he didn’t even know the lad who he went to help ..just that he was getting picked on by a group in a kebab shop ( this from his mate ) ..
    Bloody dangerous places ..fast food outlets & taxi ranks ( or anywhere which requires you to queue in the early hours ..) ..
    I should get an update a little later from his Dad ( my brother) ..
    Thanks again for asking ..

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    Similarish series of events happened to me when I was a teenager back in the 90s

    Same, both in London and leafy Buckinghamshire

    The scrotes from Brentford have been visiting twickers and surrounding areas for a while now.

    Unfortunately it’s endemic – we’ve had a sustained spate of kids robbing younger kids at knifepoint in the local shopping centre… making them unlock their phones and disable “find my phone”.

    They’ve also been frog marching the victims to the cash points, entering the PIN numbers and then using the threat of knowing the family photos and contact details to say “if you cancel your PIN number we will stab your brother / sister / mum etc etc. Also quite a lot of completely unnecessary violence after the victims have handed over their phones, cash etc.

    It must be very hard for parents to know what to do for the best.

    chewkw
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    ..just that he was getting picked on by a group in a kebab shop ( this from his mate ) ..
    Bloody dangerous places ..fast food outlets & taxi ranks ( or anywhere which requires you to queue in the early hours ..) ..

    Those are the hot spots for troubles as people are either drunk, jumping queue (taxi and food order), looking at others’ girls, speaks differently or generally just by their looks. The hotspots are along the quayside up to Bigg Market and near Newgate street. Best advise him to leave early next time rather than waiting for the closing time. During the Xmas and New Year eve I just walked around the city hotspots (was sampling the atmosphere alone) to watch the commotions and in almost all those areas you get one or two angry exchanges that almost developed into fight etc. Normally, a bit of words being exchanged then it became louder then I could see people pulling friends apart to stop fights.

    I carry about £400 odd worth of gear.. never had a problem.. besides ..they try something and slip that knife blade out and go for the arms..when they dont expect it..

    That is a lot of gear worth 😮

    I only carry a BIG plastic pen or sometimes my metal Parker pen (for writing btw), but if I have to defend myself using my pen(s) I will … 😬

    Mentions of Coventry…

    Ahh … good old Coventry. Plenty of good memory for me there. I used to live around Bell Green area not far from the college there 😃

    I used to walk all over Coventry in the weird hour after visiting friends. Best memory was the local girls taking me to The Swan (not far from city centre near the pond) and then they all started to giggle all night long when I asked why are those men were dancing with men and women looks like men. 😅

    big_n_daft
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    Local talk is that there is a blue hi top transit involved in this and similar attacked in surrounding towns, car believed to be a black corsa

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