posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 01:17 PM
Last week i was traveling through Rayners Lane in Middlesex (Imperial Drive to be pricise). Crossing one set of lights I noticed a van with a series
of obvious video cameras visible in the top of the rear doors of the van. For those in the UK we see them sometimes used for mobile cctv.
Then a coned off lane - crushed vehicles on the right giving the clue that this was a DVLA License check.
All very normal and seen before - but with far greater numbers of police and community support officers than I have ever seen.
Until - I reached the end of the line of officers and there were a group of men with stab vests on (our police body armour) - with UK Border Control
on the back of them.
Now for those that don't know the area of London I am talking about - we are miles from the coast and actually not that near Heathrow (its a £25-30
Looking at the cars I noticed one van (a red astra ) obviously owned by a plumber - how did I know - he was having to remove all of his tools from the
rear of the van and place them on the pavement!
Having studied in Northern Ireland I'm quite used to VCP's - and the similarity to those in Belfast and Derry in the '80s struck me quite hard. I
quite expected an armoured landrover or a saracen with squadies and SA-81s!
This really seemed some major overkill for a Vehicle Tax and MOT check?
Later that evening I went to my local for a pint and whilst there heard sirens and nine police units speeding past - followed by the met police
chopper circling overhead.
Even though we have Northolt (a VIP airport) very close - this kind of activity was unprecedented in my experience (including the day of the 7/7
Local media has made no comment - and I didnt expect the national to.
But I thought I'd post it here for some thoughts from my fellow UK ATS members.
Anyone seen anything this visible or pronounced recently ?
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[edit on 16-8-2009 by Silk]