A neighbour said: “He was shouting and taking tiles off, yelling ‘they stopped my income support, they stopped my housing benefit, how am I supposed to live? ’
“He worked himself up into a bit of a frenzy and started smashing things.
“He was in his 50s or 60s and was wearing a t-shirt that he soon ripped off. He had a hammer and a can of beer.
“A few days ago he was playing music so loud it sounded like a rave in the street. The day before that he had all these strobe lights going, like it was a concert. I think he’d just worked himself up and it built to this.”He had time to do thousands of pounds worth of damage because, as usual, the police allowed him the time to do so…
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 2.45pm to reports of a man throwing objects off the roof of a house. Road closures were put in place.
“Shortly before 9pm the man was arrested and released on bail. He was not taken into custody.”It’s about time a suitable proportion of any payout for damage caused by their ‘softly, softly, hands off’ policy came out of their budget, isn't it?