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Wretched hive of scum and villainy

Posted by OJW on 18 May 2009 in English (English)

We were in Milton Keynes at the weekend, for the mapping party. During Saturday night, various components were stolen from my bike needing £95 of repairs, and on the same night, the OSM banner was stolen.

Meanwhile, the police had enough free time to stop and question one of our surveyors for the crime of photographing a bus stop...

Location: Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, South East, England, United Kingdom

Comment from daveemtb on 19 May 2009 at 10:59

I sympathise. The same kind of scum (in a different area) tried to steal the forks off my wife's bike from a railway station bike parking area, in full view of 4 CCTV camerasinstalled about 6 months before. Fortunately she had locked the bike in such a way that no substantial components were removable, but they nicked the headset spacers and top cap, just to spite her. The local police and the BTP seemed to be confused about who's responsibility it was, and claimed in the end that there was no footage from the cameras. What I think they meant is that they were too lazy to look at it. To be fair, the local police did come round to see if they could lift any prints off the bike, but they weren't able to. I was less impressed with BTP. :(

What was the outcome of the surveyor being questioned? Were they satisfied and did they then leave them alone, or was more along the lines of 28 days detention?

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