Halloween attack

December 11, 2007 at 4:43 pm (Brunel MA)

A HUNT for a gang of Halloween-masked robbers is underway after a 21-year old woman was attacked on her way home from a fireworks party.

Three men surrounded the victim in an alleyway off Augustus Road, West Hill, as she walked to her East Putney residence shortly after 10pm, November 5.

One man held a screwdriver to her side and threatened to stab her unless she handed over all her valuables. The two other men then searched her and took her bag, including her mobile phone, wallet and camera, before running from the scene.

The woman quickly raised the alarm to passers-by on Augustus Road and Putney police arrived shortly after. She was taken to the station to give a statement and did not require any medical treatment.

“We are treating the robbery very seriously and appeal to anyone who may have seen the three men in the area on bonfire night” said a representative from Putney police.

Police have issued descriptions for the three men. The man with the screwdriver was black, wearing a dark hooded top with blue jeans. The second was also black, in a grey tracksuit with a hooded top wearing a gold sovereign ring. The third was white and wearing a black bomber jacket.

Anyone with information should contact Putney Police Sector Office on 020 7350 1122.

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Open for Dogs

December 11, 2007 at 4:16 pm (Brunel MA)

PETS COULD soon be accompanying their owners to work thanks to a campaign to give dogs freer access to shops and businesses.

The Kennel Club launched the campaign ‘Open For Dogs’ at the Discover Dogs exhibition at Earl’s Court on November 10 and 11. Stickers were distributed for local businesses to display in their windows, letting people know dogs are welcome.

43% of dog owners, taking part in a recent Kennel Club survey, are concerned about combining their work commitments with owning a dog. Just 11% of the people surveyed currently take their dog to work.

According to the health industry, dog ownership enhances your life by giving companionship, creating new relationships, bonding families, reducing stress levels, and increasing the amount of exercise taken.

“Millions of dog owners would benefit if more places allowed dogs – and so would the businesses. From cafes, restaurants and libraries to taxis, shops and offices. These are places we all go to, and need to go to, so why should dogs not be allowed to accompany us, as well behaved dog citizens?” said a Kennel Club spokesman.

Dog owner, Marshall Burns, who attended Discover Dogs said: “My dogs are the centre of my life: Always honest, never judgmental. A constant in a rapidly changing world. I can’t imagine life without them. ”The campaign has been met indifferently from local businesses.

A clothes shop owner on Putney High Street said: “I allow small dogs that are well trained into my shop. It depends on the type of dog and the type of shop. I wouldn’t put a sign in my window saying no dogs, what about dogs for the partially blind? On the other hand, I don’t think it’s safe to leave dogs outside shops in London.”

To request a sticker, and support the ‘Open for Dogs’ campaign, contact 0870 606 6750 or www.the-kennel-club.org.uk

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Rush hour rage

December 3, 2007 at 3:31 pm (Brunel MA)

AN ABUSIVE train attendant has enraged Putney commuters who insist his aggressive demeanour is a threat to their safety.

The South West Trains customer services attendant has been verbally abusing passengers travelling from Putney to Waterloo in the morning rush hour. He demands passengers to get on the train quickly and then proceeds to signal the driver to close the doors before all the people are on.

An online forum has been set up by an angry customer for people to vent their fury. Investment Banker, Anna Broadhurst, 32, said: ‘I heard him use the f-word to curse the passengers who do not board the train quickly enough. He starts blowing his whistle shouting, “are you all deaf – stand clear of the doors!” while passengers are still getting off the train. It always causes unnecessary panic which I fear will one day result in an accident‘.

The South West Train Customer Service website states: “All our employees, whether rail operators or customer service assistants, receive customer service training. Our courses are customer focused and stress the importance and impact employee attitude has on our passengers”.

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