Brixton helicopter thread

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Wednesdayite, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. Wednesdayite

    Wednesdayite The boy from Sheff

    Has anyone had their sleep disrupted by incessant police helicopters above Brixton?
     
  2. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    My sleep is broken far more often by stolen cars, vans and mopeds being raced around on a circuit through my estate. I am very occasionally woken by helicopters. I'm woken by helicopters perhaps 4 or 5 times a year, and sometimes that will be the air ambulance but the nicked vehicles maybe 2 or 3 times a week. Sadly nicked vehicles and helicopters have never been heard together....
     
  3. RushcroftRoader

    RushcroftRoader Well-Known Member

    I actually like the sound of helicopters when I am trying to sleep. It's the same with rain and thunder.
     
  4. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    I don't often hear them after I've gone to sleep, IYSWIM- after about midnight. Before that they're very regular and can be very irritating, 'specially in the summer when the windows are all open.
     
  5. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Helicopters used to be a far more regular feature over my estate about 3 or 4 years ago...what used to really do me in was powerful searchlights coming in through the bedroom window.....the little boy next door had a phobia of helicopters so I'd get his hysterical screaming and his poor mum trying to soothe him...I think he's grown out of his helicopter fear now....
     
  6. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    I get really annoyed by helicopters, I don't think the balance between helicopter benefitting the police vs noise nuisance is right?

    As for car alarms, don't get me started, i was working from home yesterday, the alarms seemed to go on for ages. I think they should be banned.
     
  7. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Tell me about it :rolleyes:
    There was one round here that went off with monotonous regularity at night...it was like a compendium of every car alarm sound ever invented....it was only when notes were left under the windscreen wipers by various tenants that it stopped (I know this because I left a note only to discover four other notes had got there before mine).
     
  8. passenger

    passenger up and down...

    i was told there looking for heat difference in the roof tops to detect

    weather people are growing stuff, in there atics, gardens etc ?
     
  9. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    This myth has been disproved....there's a thread somewhere I think....anyway, cannabis farms are usually detected by the strong smell or the fire service when the roof catches fire.....
     
  10. hendo

    hendo Fish finger sandwiches

    It's no myth, inasmuch as an officer from NCIS once told me they have done helicopter sweeps in the past with heat sensitive cameras looking for farms in people's attics. I don't know if the Met's two choppers are set up to do it though.
     
  11. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Well they have infra-red as standard I believe, because that's how they catch people hiding in bushes, wheelie bins etc.....I'm sure that someone (DB? Brian? agricola? PBP?) said it wasn't something they did.
     
  12. detective-boy

    detective-boy Banned Banned

    I've never been aware of them doing it as a proactive operation. Although there have been a number of instances where they have noticed a particularly hot roof and it has turned out to be a factory, all the ones I have known (a colleague in the same office as me dealt with one) have been found by chance whilst doing something else.

    That said, there is no reason why they couldn't scan with the IR camera if they felt like it and pass the intelligence to other units to invetsigate further (a hot roof on it's own would not be sufficient for a search warrant). I can't see them ever actually going up simply for that purpose though - they always have a long list of jobs to do.
     
  13. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

  14. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    As far as I remember, that was Eddie E. Wasn't he a former head of the drugs squad, or something? Certainly a retired copper with a fair old knowledge of drugs issues, anyway, and a really interesting poster. Shame he doesn't post any more.

    IIRC he said something about the usual way of growhouses being detected was either snow melting very quickly on the roofs, the smell, or the owners being indiscreet. I'm sure he said that helicopters weren't used proactively, anyway.
     
  15. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I think this has long been needed.

    It's overhead at the moment but hopefully nobody's trying to sleep or still asleep unless they're hungover
     
  16. Pip

    Pip Well-Known Member

    I can't hear it at the Brixton end of Herne Hill :hmm:
     
  17. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    that's because it was over Brixton Hill and Brixton Road. It's gone now
     
  18. Pip

    Pip Well-Known Member

    :D this thread.

    Still nothing over the skies of Herne Hill. Further bulletins as events warrant.
     
  19. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    yeah, but it'll mean the Brixton Chitter Chatter thread isn't full of "fucking helicopter keeping me awake again" posts ;)
     
  20. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Good point
     
  21. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Good call on starting this thread.

    Always meant to say to you though that living right next door to a prison is the kind of place you'd expect to get more than usual heli traffic
     
  22. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    Problem solved :)
     
  23. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Well, not for my estate...all that will do is about three copter crashes a week on the hapless residents beneath....
     
  24. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    It was your suggestion ;)

    Actually, it's much quieter since they opened Belmarsh and moved all the IRA and other high cat prisoners there
     
  25. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    Minnie i think you should put this on your Christmas list

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  26. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I was recently tempted to buy myself a remote control helicopter :oops:
     
  27. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    paint 'POLICE' on it and then vent your anger by flying it in to walls.
     
  28. hendo

    hendo Fish finger sandwiches

    Do you get points on this thread for taking pictures of the helicopter?
    I can see a whole new hobby coming out of this.
     
  29. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Ohh, good idea. We can also note down the registration number(s) and see how many different ones are used over our heads.
     
  30. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    1 point for news helicopter
    2 points for police
    3 points for air ambulance
    4 points for chinook
    500 points for stealth helicopter ;)
     

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