I've spent the last few days working with PC Rick Hooley from
Warrington, we've worked together on the Central Line tube and at
Liverpool Street and Euston stations. The weather over the last few
days has been really warm, I spoke to member of staff at Bank
station who told me that the temperature on the tube platforms was
43 degrees and up to 50 degrees on the trains ! It's uncomfortable
to say the least especially carrying 9 kilos of equipment.
I've had a really busy few days with some very long and tiring
shifts but a few interesting policing incidents. I've dealt with 2
missing people, some lost property, a suspected stolen vehicle, an
indecent exposure incident, criminal damage, disorderly behaviour
by a group of youths, vagrants causing problems and a mental health
incident. In addition I've given literally hundreds of people
directions. I've even made an arrest.
I've found that Euston and Liverpool Street are quite busy
places to work and are certainly a change from the sedate Canning
The great thing about working Euston is that it serves Cheshire
and the north west so loads of people have been approaching me to
tell me that they're from Cheshire. The atmosphere here is still
really relaxed and pleasant. The public have been great, all
chatting and seemingly pleased to see the police.
Rick and I popped over to Downing Street yesterday after we'd
finished work and were really lucky to be allowed to the door of
number 10 for a photo! That's been the highlight of our trip!
Today we were accosted by the Salvation Army who took out their
paintbrushes to paint our arms in 'team GB' colours.
I've just found out that Rick and I are working together on
Sunday night at Stratford International station - we can't get in
to see the closing ceremony but we'll be pretty close
- PC Tony Hayhurst