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Holly


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Post: #1
27-01-2009 12:36 AM

When I walked past Davids road this morning there was a large light set up with police standing around.

On my way home they were still there and seemed to be stopping all the cars.

Any ideas about what is happening?

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JonathanH


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Post: #2
27-01-2009 02:00 AM

Hi there - think it's part of a Census in progress - they were on Devonshire Road on Friday

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Holly


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27-01-2009 09:40 AM

Thanks for that, must have missed them on friday.

Seems very intrusive with that huge light outside houses.

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davidl


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27-01-2009 10:49 AM

Am intrigued - what sort of "census" do you think they might have been conducting?

I didn't think the Met were allowed to just set up a roadblock and stop cars unless they had a specific reason...

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Applespider


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27-01-2009 11:21 AM

There's a census point at the end of Wood Vale too as it goes onto Lordship Lane that's appeared this morning.

There was one car pulling off as I walked past, one being asked something and one being pulled over. Strangely all the cars were silver despite other colours driving past.

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Applespider


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27-01-2009 11:28 AM

After a Google for police census and cars, came across this article from last year in the Times. Perhaps it's South London's turn this year

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment...971799.ece

It suggests that it's a TFL survey with the police only there so that cars actually pull over.

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Snazy


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27-01-2009 11:28 AM

Right, yup it was a census, which is manned by civi/government staff, but a policeman is present.
The use of these is to briefly ask people about their journey, choice of route, importance of using the car etc.
Usually done when they are considering a big project.

At a census you are legally obliged to stop, and would be commiting an offence to refuse to do so.
David, its not a road block, its a selected number of vehicles that are stopped. Sometimes only specific vehicle types are stopped..

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Londondrz


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27-01-2009 12:33 PM

The wife was stopped last night and yes we have a silver car. You are obliged to stop but are able to decline to be interviewed if you want but as it is just about the journey there doesnt seem a point.

Police on duty but were very bored but the nice people at the Thai Orchard had been giving them free food and drink during the day.

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roz


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27-01-2009 01:21 PM

They were also on Devonshire Road- were they on Davids Road as well then? Hopefully some of the one way offenders were caught in the act...but then most of them seem to be police cars anyway.

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davidl


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27-01-2009 01:29 PM

Snazy wrote:
...its not a road block, its a selected number of vehicles that are stopped. Sometimes only specific vehicle types are stopped..


Thanks for the info - I have to admit that I hadn't realised the police have the power to stop you in the car for no reason (though it appears that they do). My use of "roadblock" didn't mean to imply anything - I'm just surprised at what sounds like a lot of resources being poured into this sort of thing.

I'd be interested to see if/how the results are digested and published (and what the answers are).

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