Just this week I had an experience that has shown me why, if you have a camera, you should take it with you everywhere you can.
If you live in England, you’ve probably heard about the callous and fatal shooting of Danielle Beccan, 14, which has been in the national news all week. Well, I am from Nottingham, the city where it happened, and imagine my surprise when, on the bus to work yesterday morning, as it passed along a road on the outskirts of The Meadows, the other passengers and myself couldn’t fail to notice an overwhelming presence of police in one small area, punctuated by one particular house apparently just in the process of being raided by armed police. There were police vehicles at the front and sides of the block the house was on, and the armed police themselves were split in two, standing either side of an open front door, and there was one standing back from the house, in front of the garden wall and holding what looked like a gas grenade launcher.
It also served as a stark reminder of just how dangerous Nottingham can be. It’s my home town, so I’ll always have a soft spot for it, and I have been (seemingly) incredibly lucky so far, but plenty of people here aren’t so lucky. Powered by Sidelines