Police in the Pits
Any ideas what was going on in the Vanbrugh Pits area on Sunday afternoon? I rode past on my Vespa to see plenty (6-8 ish) of heavily armed police, some with sub machine guns as well as police dogs. All seemed to be concentrating of the pits area. Later on they all just seemed to leave. Any update on what it was all about welcome!
You know Jules, once again, I have no idea. If they were armed it’s unlikely they were doing checks for upcoming Olympic stuff; it sounds pretty specific to me.
But all manner of stuff goes on that we never hear about. Things that you think ‘wow, that’s going to end up on the news tonight’ but the week comes and goes and it’s not even two inches on page 14 of the local paper (though of course that’s no surprise, there’s very little in the way of hard news in Greenwich local papers these days).
Your guess is as good as mine – it could be anything from suspected terrorists to armed robbers, escaped prisoners to men carrying table legs…
But I love the idea of your riding past on a Vespa – sort of makes me think of kooky 1960s British movies – you know – something along the lines of Blow Up or Les Bicyclettes de Belsize. Were there any good old fashioned London bobbies among them? Marching bands going by in the background? Dolly-birds in hotpants go-going on the heath?
UPDATE – as you’ll see from the replies, this story was just kicking off as I wrote this. Extremely worrying. I also understand that LOCOG may have (but they’re so damn opaque we can’t be sure) bought a part of Blackheath – common land. How can this have happened? And what happens to it after the ODA use it in the summer? Selling off for flats, perhaps?