Suspicious behaviour behind Clapton Pond 19/06/12

Hi all, I have been living behind Clapton Pond for about a year now and have always considered my street family orientated and safe. Last night at about 19:45 a man (around 5ft 8, black, in his early twenties, wearing a black beanie hat and adidas tracksuit top) walked into my front garden, pulled a black bag from behind a bush and walked off down the road casually. After a couple of minutes of confusion, I chased him down the street and asked him what he was doing, to which he replied \I’m sorry I don’t know who you are” rather nonchalantly. My boyfriend called the non-emergency police about this as it’s very suspicious and made me feel quite uneasy. I wanted to highlight this in case anyone in the area had had a similar experience. I don’t want people leaving suspicious packages on my property! ThanksLouise”

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  1. Hi Louise We experienced the same thing when we first moved in to our house two years ago. And we live just behind the pond. When they saw we had spotted them, they stopped doing it, and moved on to somewhere else. we just assumed it was a drug drop. I think now they know you have seen them you won’t get it again. But someone else will. Not sure what can be done about it in the long run, as I’m not sure if the police are that interested? Sereen

  2. Hi Louise We experienced the same thing when we first moved in to our house two years ago. And we live just behind the pond. When they saw we had spotted them, they stopped doing it, and moved on to somewhere else. we just assumed it was a drug drop. I think now they know you have seen them you won’t get it again. But someone else will. Not sure what can be done about it in the long run, as I’m not sure if the police are that interested? Sereen

  3. Hi Sereen, It’s interesting to know that our area has been targeted with this behaviour for a couple of years. I guess the only thing we can do is be aware of it and check behind the plants every now and again just in case! I agree with you that the police probably aren’t interested. It concerns me that they could be doing this to elderly people living on their own though. It doesn’t solve the problem, but it would be more considerate if they left their packages in a bush in Millfields rather than somebody’s house! Louise

  4. It might be an idea to let your Safer Neighbourhoods team know as well (think it’s this one?) they may not be able to do anything but will know of any similar incidents that have been reported”

  5. it’s def sounds like what’s called a ‘ground stash’ in that business. Rather than carrying all their gear with them they hide it so if they’re caught they won’t have any drugs (therefore can’t be arrested). They dip into their stash just when a customer calls. I’m sure many a junkie has dreamt of stumbling upon a dealers ground stash! Sorry, I’m anti-prohibition and anti-criminalisation of users but I do understand your fears. But this is still an inner city and dealers are like cockroaches, you nab one many more will take their place. It’s the big guys they sell for (source) that police want to nab. Hope they stay away from your property. xK

  6. Hello, may i just ask if these ground stashes still take place?

  7. Just as an addendum to this, but in November I found a knife stashed underneath a piece of plasterboard just outside the entrance to the garages close to the Thistlethwaite Road end of LCR. The police eventually came and removed it.

  8. Next time you suspect a ground stash, call me for first dibs ;-> (only joking) My big bug bear in Upper Clapton is the Ladbrokes on the corner. There’s always a gang of blokes outside with tinnies in their hands and you can’t walk past (as a woman) without some comment being made or request (verging on contemptful demand) for money, fags etc. Sometimes it feels like their rights and comfort takes priority over others. One time one of them came falling out of a bookies in lower clapton and pounced on me because I had my wallet out. When I gave him 20p (to leave me alone) – they’re like modern-day highway robbers – he looked at it and then at me and said: ‘Is that all?’. I was furious and said ‘Shame on you; a man begging a woman for money’. I’ve been freelancing (graphic designer) and don’t get as many jobs as I need to make ends meet but I also don’t sponge off the system either so naturally I get angry. There’s many a time I’ve had no food or fares for a job, I don’t go out expecting strangers to accommodate my problems.I’ve also experienced sexual harassment near that ladbrokes. One short old Turkish guy followed me and beckoned me over one morning. I had my doubts but hoped he was just asking directions. As soon as I got close he said: ‘Business?’ – Charming!

  9. Betting shops are awful sources of anti-social behaviour. And it looks like the Paddy Power down at Clarence Road has just opened and is already rammed.

  10. This may cheer some of you. I heard through the grapevine that there’s been arrests at the Ladbrokes at Clapton Pond & also the staff there are in hot water for allowing the premises to be used for the distribution of drugs & drug sales.

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