Even the churches are not safe. A local resident told us about a prostitute who attended a local church to steal from the worshippers.
“Got to church, City Evangelical, this morning and sat at back with my son. I noticed the woman in front of us had matted hair and was lolling back and forward in a state. She had Layla tattooed across back of her neck.
She kept leaning forward with a jumper over her hands and trying to pickpocket coats of folks in front, so a lady turned round and lent her the coat as she said she was cold. She passed out for rest of service in her seat.
We woke her with a cup of sugary coffee and she ate her body weight in apple pie, profiteroles and biscuits while people chatted with her, she said she was from Ireland. She was constantly looking around. She got up and went to sit further forwards then put a ladies handbag under her cardigan and went for the exit. As she passed me to leave I grabbed the strap of the bag and said she’d have to leave it and we had a brief tussle! She let go and ran out. I returned the bag to its owner and called the managed approach dedicated number.
A police officer on a bicycle came 5 mins later and said he’d just seen her down the road and sent a car to pick her up. It was a well known local prostitute. The lady whose bag was taken wouldn’t press charges but police said they’d give her a talking to… where’s that bolt of lightning from the heavens when you need it?”