Thursday, 23 January 2020
Strangers in the night
Something very strange has been happening round our neighbourhood recently. It is most disconcerting and it has baffled both the local population and the police.
There has been a spate of window robbing in clear daylight. And night-light. The robbers have been so quick that no one has seen them and they cannot therefore be identified.
One moment you have a window in your house, and the next someone has stolen it.
The way it happens, apparently, because no one saw it happen; is that the robbers arrive quickly on your premises and whilst you're not looking they brick up your window. They are super fast; or so it seems. They get a load of bricks and cement and they quickly brick up your window blocking all light, and indeed your vision to the outside world.
That's how they have never been identified. One moment you have a window in your house, and the next, you haven't. Sometimes they rob or block more than one window without you noticing. So far they have not stolen any doors, or chimneys.
The Neighbourhood Watch people asked us all to be on the look-out; but this is very difficult if you have no window to look out of.
I sat at my window watching the three houses opposite in case anyone comes along and tries to steal, or brick up, their windows. I must have dozed off a little, because one moment I was watching the three houses and the next my own window was blocked. I was staring at a brick wall.
It was terrible. I switched on the TV and the screen was totally blocked too. All I could see on the screen was a load of bricks filling the whole screen.
A voice from the TV said "You are watching the 6 o'clock news!"
How did she know? Could she see me through the bricks? Or was it her who bricked the TV screen? Maybe she is the window robber having moved on to something else to steal.
I am typing this Blog post very quickly in case this news reporter woman decides to steal computer monitors too and then all I can see is brick ... brick ... brick ... brick ... brick ... brick ... brick ...