An extremely sweaty and unfit PC Adams arrives at Moulsham Police Station in
Gloucester Avenue having cycled at breakneck speed from home.
07.50 Quick shower and change into that stylish Police uniform.
07.55 A quick brew.
08.00 Sits down at desk and stares with disbelief at creaking in tray.
08.01 Turns mobile phone on.
08.02 Internal phone rings....... 'it's the guvnor at Chelmsford wanting to
know if I'm in yet! '
08.03 After convincing him that I was in on time I am allowed to carry on.
08.05 First call on mobile....... ' it's my wife, just checking to make sure
that I haven't forgotten that
we are out this evening and not to be late'
08.06 Starting to feel stressed but what the hell, only another 7 hours 54
minutes to go.
08.10 Prioritise my in tray and check diary for appointments............sh*t........got
to be in Highwood at 8.30 to take a statement......
08.11 Get in Police car and head off to Highwood.
08.29 Arrive in Highwood, take statement.
08.55 Mobile goes......... ' it's a very irate resident in Long Brandocks
complaining about the parking problems outside the school.....'
08.56. Police radio message reporting that a very irate resident in Long
Brandocks is complaining about the parking problems outside the
09.15 Finish taking statement, head off back towards Writtle.
09.16 Mobile goes.......... ' its Sergeant Dawson at Moulsham wanting to
know what I have planned for the day as there are some problems in Boreham
that need dealing with'
09.30 Arrive back at Moulsham. Explain that I was hoping to spend some time
on my beat.
09.31 Mobile goes......... 'its Writtle Parrish Council wanting to know if I
will be at the meeting next week because there are some issues that needs
09.32 Off I go to Boreham with 4 other Moulsham officers to deal with a
11.00 Boreham dealt with. Return to Moulsham.
11.01 Quick cup of tea.
11.02 Internal phone rings.......... 'it's the Criminal Justice Unit telling
me that I have to attend court tomorrow at 10am' ......bit of a problem
because I am not due at work until 2pm and I have a full
diary..........Tough, court comes first!
11.03 Spend the next 10 minutes phoning around trying to rearrange
11.13 Mobile goes........ ' it's the same irate resident of Writtle
complaining that there is a car parked on the double yellow lines outside
the Post Office'
11.14 Police Radio Message reporting a very irate resident complaining about
the parking problems outside the Post Office.
11.15 Get in Police car and head off towards Writtle.
11.17 Mobile goes, have to pull over...... ' it's a very irate resident in
Highwood complaining about the parking problems every morning and afternoon
outside the school, and the speeding vehicles through the village and an
abandoned car in Bucknalls Mead and an untaxed car in Sparrows Close and by
the way why don't we see you very often !!!!!! '
11.20 Continue to Writtle. The only vehicle outside The Post Office is
displaying a disabled permit.
11.21 Flagged down by a very irate gent complaining about Carol Singers
knocking on his door singing 'we wish you a merry Christmas' he goes on to
say they are the same kids that were dressed up as witches and wizards doing
trick or treat on 31st October...and nothing was done about them either
11.25 Mobile goes......... 'it's a very irate resident in Roxwell
complaining about the parking problems every morning and afternoon outside
the school and the speeding vehicles through the village and a car with a
flat tyre in St Michaels Drive making the road look untidy and by the way it
was refreshing to see you drive through the village last week !!!!!
11.30 Back in car........Have an appointment at 11.45 with a local farmer
12.15 Back in car...starting to get peckish...Time to head back to Moulsham
12.18 Police Radio Message reporting a vehicle having driven off from a
petrol station without paying for his fuel. No other cars available, can I
1.15 Eventually arrive back at Moulsham. Quick bite to eat and a cup of tea.
1.17 Mobile goes........ ' It's the Criminal Justice Unit telling me that
the Court case tomorrow has now been cancelled'
1.30 Spend the next 15 minutes trying to reinstate the previously cancelled
appointments for tomorrow'
1.45 Internal phone rings.......... ' It's a worried parent from Writtle.
She thought her 12 year old son was going to his friends house every evening
to play computer games but she has found out he is hanging around the shops
in Long Brandocks with some undesirables...I'm asked if there is anything I
1.50 Mobile goes......... ' It's a very irate resident from Long Brandocks
complaining about the youths hanging about the shops every evening'
1.55 Get in Police Car and head off to Writtle.
2.05 Police radio message reporting a suspicious vehicle by the Toilet block
at Hylands Park....
2.10 Arrive at Hylands Park.........vehicle checked out. All in order.
2.15 Continue towards Writtle.
2.17 Mobile goes....... ' it's a very irate resident from Beeches Road
Chelmsford demanding that I attend his location immediately to see for
myself the parking problems outside Westlands School......'
2.18 Landlord of local pub flags me down. Nothing specific, just a chat !!!!
2.25 Drive past The Post Office, still no offending vehicles.
2.28 Mobile goes....... ' it's a colleague from Moulsham wanting to know if
I can swap my next rest day to help him out with a problem he has in
2.32 Police Radio Message informing me that a very irate resident from
Widford has turned up at Moulsham Police Station and is demanding to see me.
2.45 Arrive back at Moulsham........
2.46 Met with a barrage of abuse from the Widford resident because he is
having ongoing problems with a group of youths playing in the street. Police
are doing nothing about it..........I am left in no doubt whatsoever that it
is my fault and I should be readily available night or day to speak with the
youths because I am the local officer.........resident declines to make a
2.58 Widford resident departs
3.02 Check of in tray, it's creaking!
3.05 Pause for thought!
3.06 Mobile goes....... ' it's my wife checking to make sure I haven't
forgotten about later and will I be finishing on time !.......'
3.07 Just enough time to pop to a local school at the request of one of the
teachers to advise some younger students on how they should conduct
themselves walking to and from school.
3.35 Travel back to Moulsham.
3.50 Check messages, in tray and E mail's to ensure that it's safe to go
3.59 Get changed.
4.00 Head off home.