Eight people were arrested following the incident at Sundridge Park Golf Course on Sunday. Two youths, aged 17 and 13 were also taken to south London hospitals with head injuries. The 17-year-old is in stable condition in hospital while the 13-year-old was later discharged and subsequently arrested. Officer: "Sir, how many times did you hit him in the head?
Golfer: "I don't know 3 maybe 4. Put me down for a 3".
According to reports, the players were about to tee off on the fourth hole of the course in Bromley, Kent, when they were confronted by a group of teenagers brandishing planks of wood.
Despite the group threatening to attack them if they did not hand over their golfing equipment, the golfers apparently fought back. An eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said: "Everyone had a weapon and they were just trading blows. There's nothing like the sound of a Driver hitting the side of some Punk's punkin. Kinda rounds out the game.
"The golfers stood their ground, though. I guess because they had their clubs as protection." There is more than one reason they are called Clubs.
As well as the 13-year-old, two other teenagers were arrested, including a 15-year-old boy from Downham and a 16-year-old boy from St Mary Cray on suspicion of affray. Suspicion of Affray? That's a new one.
A 33-year-old woman, from Downham, and a 49-year-old man, from Plaistow, have been arrested on the affray charges. Can't upset the other Golfers now can we.
Officers also arrested a 53-year-old man, from Hayes, on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and a 48-year-old man, from Keston, on suspicion of causing GBH, while a 39-year-old man, from Plaistow, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. GBH= Great Bodily Harm I guess. A Driver to the noggin will do that.
A four-iron is better. But don't use a one-iron -- not even God can hit a one-iron. Old Lee Trevino joke there. Ok, very old.
Robert Walden, Sundridge Park general manager, said there will be a full inquiry about what happened. Mr Walden said: "I cannot say who was at fault and who was not at fault yesterday. Seems to me that if the punks haden't threatened the golfers there would not have been any mayhem, ergo, the punks are at fault. English logic excapes me.
"We just do not know what happened. We will be dealing with the matter in full with a full inquiry when information is available."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We can confirm there was an incident at Sundridge Park Golf Course on Sunday, May 10 at 17:00 hrs Brilliant deduction!
"Several youths descended on the golf course and allegedly started being abusive and threatening golfers. There were several altercations between them and golfers. At one stage a large group of people, thought to be relatives of the youths, arrived at the golf course and joined in the altercation. A Free-for-all! A regular Bashing!
"Police and ambulance attended. Two youths were taken to south London hospitals with head injuries. A head is much easier to hit than a golf ball.
And perhaps easier to, um, slice ...
"A 17-year-old was in a stable condition in hospital today and a 13-year-old male was treated, but later discharged. He has a golf-ball sized lump on his punkin with the word PING indented.
"Eight arrests have been made. Seven at the scene and one this morning at a home address. All arrested are still in custody. Further arrests are expected."
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
06/22/2009 12:48 ||
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Anybody who has ever played Gleneagles International, a nifty little 9 hole course, in San Francisco, off Sunnyvale in McLaren Park, knows how dangerous golf can be under similar circumstances. Holes, 3, 4 and 5 border "project" housing and even though it is fenced it is still easy to be confronted "for some spending money". Once I had teed off on 3 (a downhill par 4) when I saw two cop cars (lights blazing) come screaming to a halt and begin to run after two guys who jumped the fence and started running across the fairway over to the 6th fairway. Four cops had their guns out and so did the bad boyz while I was discovering the taste of bark on an eucalyptus tree that I was seriously pinned to while the gunfight got underway. It was soon resolved by a SFPD helicopter and SWAT team taking over the golf course. At least I didn't have to give up any "spending money".
Posted by: Jack is Back! ||
06/22/2009 14:29 Comments ||
Sounds like the membership needs to expand to include a Soprano inductee. I suspect charges would be dropped [for lack of witnesses] and proper decorum returned to the holes. You'll get that when the state is more interested in 'process' and its own power than providing 'justice'.
Posted by: James Carville ||
06/22/2009 16:43 Comments ||
It would be interesting to come back to this in a few weeks, after the police have had a chance to sort things out a bit. In England it seems possible to get charged with a crime for defending oneself, but will it happen here?
Posted by: Richard of Oregon ||
06/22/2009 17:11 Comments ||
I worked there green-keeping for a spell many years ago. Even in those days, Downham was just a place one drove through and St Mary's Cray a place to be avoided. There is an East course and a West course, so, with 36 holes within the boundaries of Greater London, the place is prestigous, although I wouldn't say this is Class War, just an indication of what can happen to anyone anywhere anytime in the UK these days. Anyone can be a target for these scum.
When longtime dictator Omar Bongo died last week, he left behind at least 66 bank accounts. The first family owned 45 homes in France, including at least 14 in Paris and 11 on the French Riviera. And they boasted of 19 or more luxury cars, including a Bugatti sports model that cost the Republic of Gabon $1.5 million.
But most of the country Bongo governed for 41 years is still covered in jungle. A third of its people live in poverty so dire that some dig through the trash dump to feed their children. The contrast makes it all the more striking that hundreds of thousands of those people lined the streets of the capital this week to bid goodbye to the 73-year-old ruler who bled their country dry.
Women wept and waved signs that said, "Merci Papa" - thank you, father. Businesses put up billboards with messages of loss, such as: "Gabon weeps." On a continent that has seen more than its share of presidents-turned-dictators, Gabon is perhaps one of the best examples of what analysts call "the chief complex." So long was Bongo in power that his countrymen came to view him as a hereditary chief, a man whose authority is unquestioned.
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With each passing decade, he consolidated power. He turned his country into a single-party state. Until 1990, he was the only candidate in elections. When opposition parties formed, he allegedly had supporters bussed from town to town to vote multiple times. In 2003, Bongo changed the constitution to get rid of term limits so he could continue running for life.
Death of President Omar Bongo Ondimba
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2009
Statement by the President on the death of President Bongo of Gabon
I am saddened to learn of the death of President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon.
President Bongo played a key role in developing and shaping the strong bilateral relationship that exists between Gabon and the United States today.
President Bongo consistently emphasized the importance of seeking compromise and striving for peace, and made protecting Gabons natural treasures a priority. His work in conservation in his country and his commitment to conflict resolution across the continent are an important part of his legacy and will be remembered with respect.
On behalf of the United States government, I offer my condolences to his family and to the people of Gabon.
A MAN who broke his neck in a freak accident was sent home and told to take Panadol after hospital staff failed to diagnose his life-threatening injury.
Paul Curtis, 31, endured two days of increasing pain and fear after a doctor in the emergency department at Sydney's Ryde Hospital sent him away without ordering an X-ray. He went back to the hospital where another doctor ordered tests. He said Mr Curtis was lucky to be alive or not in a wheelchair. If Mr. Curtis lived in the U.S.A. he'd be well on his way to being well-to-do right now. In this case it'd be justified. If there's something that sounds like incompetence it's this.
The Carlingford man went to Ryde Hospital late on Friday May 29 after he and a friend cracked their heads during a church youth group activity. "I drove home but I didn't feel right and my housemate, a nurse, thought I wasn't looking very good," he said. "I told the hospital staff I had had a serious head collision and the nurse noticed a mark on the back of my neck. After 2 hours I saw the doctor and told him my neck was sore.
He told me I couldn't have an X-ray because the X-ray unit was shut and told me I would be fine.
He told me I couldn't have an X-ray because the X-ray unit was shut and told me I would be fine. He told me to go home and take some Panadol."
By Monday his condition had worsened and he returned to the hospital where another doctor ordered an X-ray and a CT scan. With the break detected, he was put in a brace and sent by ambulance to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he later had surgery and a plate inserted in his spine. "I was crapping myself when they told me my neck was broken - I had been walking around like that for two days," Mr Curtis said. "There was a chip out of my spine and the doctor said it was lucky it hadn't severed my spinal cord."
A Ryde Hospital spokeswoman said Mr Curtis had not complained of a loss of consciousness and told emergency staff he had taken Panadol for the pain. She said hospital records from the Friday night did not show any discussion about an X-ray but said radiologists could be called back to the hospital after 11pm if required. Hospital records showed he returned to Ryde at 9.08am on the Monday, and was in an ambulance en route to Royal North Shore at 9.21am.
Opposition health spokeswoman Jillian Skinner said: "It was nothing more than luck that saved this man from sustaining further damage as a result of not being treated properly - quite frankly the fact he was sent home with the injuries he had is enough to send shivers down the spine.
I wanted to say that last bit. But those Aussies are quick off the mark.
That's part of the protocol these days. Something's wrong with that protocol, then. I have only seen 2 cervical fractures in 20 years in the ER. One came in paralyzed from the neck down, in a C-collar on a backboard, that was obvious. The other one walked in with his head at a slight angle, c/o neck pain from an injury a couple of days earlier, with no history of LOC or neurological deficit. That fracture was significant & turned over to a neurosurgeon.
Then there was the story my friend the ex-cop told me. A pickup truck collided with something & a cop went out on the car. The driver was sitting on the truck's bed. He said a few words to the cop as he approached. The driver jumped down to the ground, collapsed & died immediately as he severed his own spinal cord from the fracture he had.
I wonder if the protocol will stand up in court as a defense for the "care-giver."
In the new socialized health care system in the U.S, Pandadol will become the treatment of choice for cancer, swine flu, other pandemics, black lung, heart disease, etc. The upside is that everyone can afford Panadol.
[Bangla Daily Star] A Dhaka court yesterday sent Awami League leader Abu Hasnat Abdullah to jail after he surrendered before the court in a tax evasion case in which he was earlier sentenced to nine years" imprisonment in absentia.
[Iran Press TV Latest] Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his treasurer have dismissed calls to resign, challenging the opposition to prove claims of power abuse.
Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull has accused Rudd of abusing his position to help secure a government loan for a friend's car-dealing business and shielding Treasurer Wayne Swan from parliamentary scrutiny over his dealings with him.
Rudd, meanwhile, said on Sunday that Turnbull must resign if he fails to produce an e-mail on which the claims are based on by Monday afternoon.
He was pointing at a controversial e-mail published in Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper on Saturday, allegedly containing the exact request from the prime minister's office in February regarding funding for the car salesman, John Grant. Grant who is Rudd's friend, neighbor and benefactor, is said to have received special attention when he applied for a government loan called "OzCar" to help his business cope with the global credit crunch.
The premier says the e-mail is forged by the opposition Liberal Party and has called on police to conduct a fraud investigation. He also issued a stark warning to the opposition leader. "If when parliament resumes in 24 hours Mr Turnbull fails to produce this e-mail, this e-mail upon which his entire case against the government is based, for authentication, he has no alternative but to stand in the parliament, apologize and to resign," he said.
Turnbull has denied his party faked the e-mail, adding that the existence of the email is immaterial. "What Rudd is doing is seeking to use the matter of this email to distract the attention of the Australian people from the fact that his treasurer had unquestionably misled parliament, there is no doubt about that," Turnbull told reporters on Sunday.
Analysts believe Rudd's relationship with the car dealer has created the 19-month-old government's biggest political crisis.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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