This was going on yesterday morning – six police officers in hi-vis jackets hanging around Romney Road, with one at the previous lights armed with a walkie talkie. When I first saw them, they’d stopped a silver car. I was walking through the park and didn’t take much notice. But when I got to the other side of the Queen’s House they’d stopped another silver car. By the time I got to the front of the covered walkway, yet another (also silver) car had been stopped and a tow-truck had pulled up. All the yellow blobs in this pic are police stopping various cars/people.
They were certainly giving any drivers they did stop the full treatment – looks like they’re making this woman touch her toes…
…though thinking about it she’s probably having to prove she doesn’t have any knives down her socks.
I’m not sure what they were doing, but my guess is stopping cars without current tax discs – the policewoman at the previous lights radioing ahead to flag-up vehicles that looked suspicious. Or maybe they just have it in for silver car-drivers.
My pal thought Romney Road an odd place to stop people but I reckon it was deliberate – a good pinch point that at 11.00am was unlikely to create traffic jams and very public indeed.
If it was the tax-disc thing, what surprised me most was the number of people they stopped. They were still there later when I went past again, and still stopping what seemed a disproportionately large number of cars. The tow-truck seemed busy.
Does anyone know if my hunch is right? I’m not going to ask if you were one of the ones who got stopped…
UPDATE – Yes – apparently it was tax discs. Incredibly, I understand from a little Robert-shaped-bird that they caught 45 vehicles. Scary, eh…
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