LAST Saturday afternoon I endured a verbal assault ending with a threat to violence, from a local undesirable - clearly and unaccountably not a Chronicle reader or I feel sure he would have taken my advice concerning buskers and their repertoire - Stop Complaining About Buskers (Chronicle, Thursday May 5th). After the undesirable had slunked off, no doubt to make someone else's life hell, a man came up and told me he'd phoned the police. Reassured by this, I dusted myself down, collected my thoughts and resumed my playing while waiting for someone to arrive.Two hours later, no one had appeared, nor was there any sign of any police/CPSOs the length of the high street as I made my way home.

On my return I filled out a form on the police website and this morning I received a reply stating that there would be no investigation "due to there being no suspect, CCTV footage or witnesses" despite me informing them that I had recorded part of the incident on my phone camera where the suspect can clearly be seen. However, even if I hadn't got the footage, this incident took place at the intersection of Market Lane and Winchester High Street,where there is at least one CCTV camera, although it could have been switched off. If so, this is very concerning...and where was the police presence, on a very busy hot weekend with many the worse for drink? Perhaps the police were taking the weekend off, after the previous gruelling Hat Fair weekend. Indeed, I was out today (Sunday) and there were still none to be found, though thankfully no further verbal assaults on me.

Marvin B Naylor,

Greenhill Road,




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