Archive | August, 2018

Wilderness In the City Centre? Dash Cam benefits.

29 Aug

It has been almost two months since I last posted. I have a backlog of visit reports from myself and friends Martin and Libby to post but yesterday was so negative it drove me to post this.

Our nearby Newcastle under Lyme has relatively low crime rates but on my return from picking up paint materials for our current home update I was in for a shock. As I approached one of the roundabouts on the A34 near the new wood stove Pizza parlour, I spotted a couple of “hoodies” beyond the underpass railings immediately to my left. I glanced across and there were actually four in all, two of them apparently , young men. As I moved towards my left turn, there was a huge loud bang and the campervan was rocked , water was covering the passenger cab window and laughing faces could be seen close to the immediate barrier.

I completely lost it. I pulled up around the junction and leapt out to confront the vandals. They saw me running towards them as I came around the building on the corner and at first they ran off towards the next roundabout. I did not give up and got close to catching them. I was extremly angry and my fists were clenched. Then I realised that the two largest were actually probably nearer to 15 yo than 18 , so I calmed a little and turned back towards my campervan. They followed me shouting abuse and threatening to drag me into the underpass. They didn’t  and I do not think that they would actually risk taking me on , even with four of the little blighters.

I realised though that even inside town, I was in a a bit of a protection-less no mans land of dual carriageway pavement, underpasses and limited access. Back in the kampa and having seen the small dent on the door, I realised that they could easily have had a knife? They had probably thrown a plastic water bottle with a lot of force.

Hmmmmm ? Makes you think. I stored the dash cam and back home, it came up trumps. I had videoed the scum and had it safely on file. One call to 101 and it was reported. Crime number issued for insurance purposes , although it would not be worthwhile and a commitment by the Police to view the CCTV on that location.The chap taking the call shrugged off my apologies for taking up Police time. Crime is crime, his words. It could have been far worse.

What a sad world we have become. An underclass of losers ruining life for others for fun.

I intend posting much more pleasant material as soon as busy times allow. Trips to Wales, the South Downs and much more.