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Dan U

Boompty
So this was a fairly random twitter thread I saw retweeted

Stick with it, it's relevant to Croydon in about 3 tweets

Check out @Feargal_Sharkey’s Tweet:
 

co-op

Free the rhubarb crumble!
I might give the rest of the walk a go. Never thought of following the river wandle.
I've walked all the tributaries of the Thames in London, including the buried ones (they pop up to the surface here and there) and I can fully recommend the Wandle walk. The Brent's my other favourite.
 

editor

hiraethified
There's been a stand off in Addiscombe between the police and a guy in a car claiming to have a gun.
Lots of roads closed.
Armed police in Croydon stand-off with 'gunman making threats to kill'
All sounds a bit half arsed.

"What is going to happen if the guy [the alleged gunman] gets out of the car and starts pointing the gun? You would assume police would shoot him as they don’t want him shooting officers or members of the public.

"But what’s the point of armed police being there is they are not going to do anything. It’s a joke.

"I know they have to do the right thing as they don’t want anybody to be shot but it shouldn’t take this long."
 

ATOMIC SUPLEX

Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3
All sounds a bit half arsed.
I can only assume there is more to it than that. They have armed gunmen with rifles on roofs. I don't think the locals saying stuff like "they could have at least shot him in the leg" etc is very helpful. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
Its a very quiet and villagey part of Croydon. I usually go jogging up past there (through the park by pagehurst road and then on to the south norwood park). I know it's gruesome but I feel like I have missed out on a little action.
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
I am glad that the police didn't take the advice of that wanker who was watching, and just shoot the guy because they could! We are a bit more civilised than that, thankfully. (not to mention the times when the police have shot someone they thought had a gun who turned out to be unarmed....)

There are enough armed police there that, if it looks he is going to open fire, he will be shot.

I was going to go to Ashburton Park this afternoon with the granddaughter - went to Wandle Park instead. Squirrels are not as overfed in Wandle Park, I discovered. But the cafe was closed.
 

ATOMIC SUPLEX

Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3
I am glad that the police didn't take the advice of that wanker who was watching, and just shoot the guy because they could! We are a bit more civilised than that, thankfully. (not to mention the times when the police have shot someone they thought had a gun who turned out to be unarmed....)

There are enough armed police there that, if it looks he is going to open fire, he will be shot.

I was going to go to Ashburton Park this afternoon with the granddaughter - went to Wandle Park instead. Squirrels are not as overfed in Wandle Park, I discovered. But the cafe was closed.
Yes, that guy sounded a bit like "this is a massive inconvenience, why don't they just shoot him and get it over with?"
I think by the sounds of what was over heard he could be threatening suicide, but only time will tell.
Locals can't get back to their homes. 70 people with nowhere to go home tonight.
 

Guineveretoo

Mostly bewildered
I am trying not to get drawn into the speculation - I just hope it is resolved soon and properly, and that the guy gets the help he needs.

The council have set up shelters, apparently, and the local MP is around, updating via social media.
 
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