I have a Google Alert running that sends me an email every time Colliers Wood is in the news. Last week this sent me an article about three men being charged with a murder that took place very close to home.
As I've written before, I think it would be a good idea for the local police who have already have a home page made a lot more information available to help local residents inform themselves about things like this.
When someone gets beaten to death in the street a short walk from home I want to know everything about the circumstances that I can, just as I did with the armed robbery on my route to nursery. The Chicago Crime Database has set the bar here, although that still doesn't really cover clean up rates and ultimate outcomes.
I might well not even heard about last week's incidence without Google to point me to the local paper.
The victim was called Horace Wright, and the three alleged assailants - one of whom lives in the next road to us - are Lithuanians called Aurelisas Pranskaitis, Vilius Silingas, and Arvydas Kunickis. A Polish builder got 10 years not long ago for raping a woman after she was dropped off by a cab in Colliers Wood High Street in the early hours of the morning.
I do hope that this doesn't lead to tension between the local community and all the East Europeans in the area. I wonder if there is anything constructive I can do, any ideas?