Homeowners living in Felmingham Road, Penge, woke up last Wednesday to find their metal gates had been lifted off their hinges and stolen overnight.Ooh, the Clockhouse safer neighbourhood team is on the case!
This was not the only street to be targeted that night as the Clockhouse safer neighbourhood team has had reports of 15 separate crimes and believes there are more.
And the team’s sergeant Glenn Layzell says gates have also been taken in neighbouring Penge and Cator ward.Errrr, well, yes. Isn't that the way with all crime?
Sgt Layzell said: “It hit us out of the blue and we did not know it was going to happen. ”
Damned inconvenient of them not to tell you their plans in advance, what?That's a comfort to the residents, I'm sure.
Sgt Layzell says his team did recently stop some Eastern European people taking scrap metal from a skip.
But he says he does not know whether the gates were taken by the same people.
He said: “If we knew who was doing it we would be on their case.”