Tell me about it, looks like its at the end of Moray Rd.
12 July, 2.30 to 3.30, felt like they were really low and trying to look into my bedroom. But I may have imagined that.
'Excuse me Officer, could you stop chasing criminals in your helicopter cause it's keeping me awake at night'
For the past few weeks it has become more frequent, and it has felt like a pneumatic drill coming through my roof for an hour at a time, making sleep and rational thought impossible. Not sure if this is just my perception of it, but It seems to be the same times on the same days every week. I wonder if they're doing training exercises?
@Misscara, it isn't just your perception. There has definitely been an increase in the last few weeks. Seem to remember a few years ago they used to train on a Sunday evening. It is bloody loud.
Marquis, I had the same impression, it sounded like they were hovering right outside my (third floor) window.
I think it was more of an observation that it seems to happen at the same time on the same days of the week, for exactly the same amount of time. Criminals would be a bit stupid if they stuck to a regular timetable.
Those nice police folks appear to be playing with their noisy flying machines again.
Fortunately I only hear it in the distance - not directly buzzing the area...
Oh, and please tell me how flying helicopters over the rough areas of London makes those areas safer - compared with the vast number of coppers on the beat you could have patrolling those areas for the cost of their high-tech toy. Helicopters are seriously expensive.
You could apply that to the whole of London, which is basically one big shithole with little nice bits dotted around. I don't think my friends living in other parts of London have to suffer this. The blasted thing has been above my house for the past hour preventing me from sleeping for the 4th night out of 7. Perhaps you are a heavy sleeper, or you live further away from it than I do. I know they have criminals to catch, but doesn't it cost tens of thousands of pounds every time it goes up? Is this really the best use of police resources if it has to be up there for hours at a time most nights a week? How many criminals have they caught using the helicopter that they couldn't have caught using other methods? Why has usage of the helicopter increased so much in recent weeks? I don't know, I'm just asking the question. I wish I was asleep to be honest. It keeps going away and returning just as I think it's gone. I find I can still hear it with the windows closed and earplugs in. Is anyone else awake because of this tonight?
Ah Roy beat me to it, my last comment was for kp82.
Kp82 I wish I could invite you round to experience this nightmare. But I only have one bed so that means you'd have to share with me and i sleeptalk so that would probably annoy you more than the helicopter. Which is back above my house. Aaaaagh!
It's starting to annoy me now - has been coming closer again. Yes, it's frustrating that just when you think it's gone it comes back again.
It sounds like it's worse for you though - I don't think it'd really bother me if I l closed the windows - but the flat is quite warm and I prefer to sleep with them open.
Interesting though how much worse it is for you - I'm on Florence Road (opposite Ronaldshay) so quite close to UTP. Maybe they really are buzzing your house :)
Or maybe I'm just sufficiently deaf from listening to loud music that I'm less sensitive. Or just sufficiently old. I dunno...
I stay up longer on Monday nights because of a radio show, and I always notice it on those nights, so yes, I would say it is a regular thing rather than a spontaneous chase.
I seemed to carry on for yonks last night.
I often wonder whether the lost productivity, increase in accidents, and the increase in stress potentially caused by the chopper noise is sufficiently offset by rounding up some youths who have twocked a couple of vehicles. The incidents 'solved' using it are rarely high profile enough to make the news, and even the raids to catch the manhole cover thieves made the news.
Last night's outing for the helicopter was apparently because some yoofs broke into Crouch End swimming pool. I'm rather annoyed I was kept awake for hours and have been a total wreck all day because of that. Probably wouldn't mind so much if they had been chasing an armed gunman.
The bloody swimming pool gets broken into every time there is a hot night. It's hardly a reason to raise the cavalry. It isn't just kids that break in either, there are plenty of local stories about the post pub Park Road Lido.
Why not send a police car to the school to arest the burglars? Or is that too old-fashioned?
What are the occupants of the helicopter going to do? Parachute down on top of the burglars?
Surely it's better to sneak up on them in a car and nab them red handed than alert them to police presence with a montrous flying machine?
makes good tv though
The cost is exactly what I'm getting at.
Sure a helicopter can help - but is there any hard evidence that it's made the police much more effective at catching criminals than they were in the old days? I just can't help thinking that if they took all the money they spend on helicopters, tasers, computers and god knows what else and instead spent it on employing coppers on the beat we'd all be a lot safer.
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