Actually – not just ladies – everyone, folks. I was shocked to receive this very worrying story just now. The person this happened to has asked me not to reveal her name – frankly she needs no more trauma in her life just now. I will leave her to tell you her story:
I am not really comfortable writing about this, but I realize how many locals read your blog and it might just keep some of them safe.
This happened last night when I was walking home; a very tall, athletic black guy on a bike stopped me and tried to grab me and push me off Creek Road to Horsferry Place (it’s much darker and was completely deserted at the time).
He first asked for money then he attempted to violently attack me. He veered off of his bike and attempted to pull me to the side of the road and verbally abused me and shouted to me that he would rape me.
Luckily for me a couple approached and this was enough to scare him away from the scene (or actually gave me enough time to run away).
This is unacceptable behaviour which I have since reported to the police however I want to make this dangerous man known to as many people in the area as possible.
I would very much appreciate you posting this on your well known blog to warn other female commuters travelling alone in this area.
Unacceptable behaviour? Hardly – this is CRIMINAL behaviour – and I am really glad she has been brave enough to report it to the police. I hope they can do something about it. It wouldn’t surprise me if they already know of this man.
I am disturbed by this and echo our anonymous friend’s sentiments – be on your guard folks – and keep an eye out for each other too. It’s easy this time of year to assume that aggressive behaviour is harmless horseplay by inebriated revellers – but there’s a very nasty undercurrent too and we need to watch each other’s backs. This happened around 11.15-11.30pm – the streets of Greenwich should not be a no-go area for people alone.
I hope our anonymous lady is surrounded by good, supportive friends – and wish her some peace over the coming festive period.
And folks – be on your guard.