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Joan Collins fears "crime-ridden" London
Reuters ^ | September 1, 2002 | Reuters

Posted on 09/01/2002 6:28:36 AM PDT by ejdrapes

Joan Collins fears "crime-ridden" London

LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Joan Collins says she prefers life in New York over her birthplace of London, which she calls dirty, crime-ridden and rife with violent thugs.

The 69-year-old actress, who owns a flat in the fashionable west London neighbourhood of Belgravia, said she dreads walking even the few hundred yards to her hairdresser's for fear of being mugged.

"Groups of muggers are frequently attacking people in the area where I live. And the police don't appear to be able to do anything about it," she was quoted as saying in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.

"To be honest, I feel so much more comfortable there (in New York) than I do in London. I feel so much safer for a start."

The veteran actress's comments came a day after one of the country's top police officers said Prime Minister Tony Blair may fail in his pledge to bring the country's levels of street crime under control by the end of September.

London, in particular, has seen a sharp rise in street crime, with offences up 40 percent earlier this year over the previous year. Recent figures indicate, however, it may have reached a plateau with police data showing street crime in the capital was down 8.6 percent between April and July.

Collins said she worries about the safety of her daughters, the eldest of whom, Tara Newley, was mugged for her watch in Notting Hill last year.

She is not the only celebrity victim of London street crime -- thieves tried to grab a diamond necklace from U.S. entertainer Liza Minnelli while her car was stopped at a traffic light in March.

Collins, who married fifth husband Percy Gibson in London in February, heaped particular scorn on the large numbers of "louts" on the capital's streets.

"Yobbism in London is rife. In New York, people are more polite, more respectful," she said.


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1 posted on 09/01/2002 6:28:36 AM PDT by ejdrapes
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To: ejdrapes
"Yobbism in London is rife. In New York, people are more polite, more respectful," she said.

Okay, I had to look it up: Yob = rude and loutish young man.

2 posted on 09/01/2002 6:37:24 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: ejdrapes
She oughta hang in San Francisco instead </sarcasem>
3 posted on 09/01/2002 6:47:27 AM PDT by Drango
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To: ejdrapes
Yet another heavy hitter checks in....
4 posted on 09/01/2002 6:49:13 AM PDT by ErnBatavia
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To: ejdrapes
Joan ought to place the blame where it's at. All the bobbies' shiny badges, whistles and billy sticks just amuse the thugs no end, and an unarmed British populace provokes equal peals of mirth at the criminals' annual conventions.

Leni

5 posted on 09/01/2002 6:50:42 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: ejdrapes
Wait... I'm so confused. B-b-b-ut... they don't have GUNS in England... so it's soo much safer than any old American city... could they be lying to us?

Seriously, though--I spent a wonderful semester there back in 1990 and felt extremely safe. However, every year I've gone back to visit, the place has just become more and more of a pit.

Just a stroll through the West End (where I lived as a student) is real walk on the wild side--what with the discarded hypos and condoms in the gutter (of which I've seen both) and the panhandling losers on every street corner...

Oh... but they have nationalized health care... and no guns...

6 posted on 09/01/2002 7:05:23 AM PDT by RepoGirl
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To: Schnucki
"Okay, I had to look it up: Yob = rude and loutish young man."

LOL...my 10 year old Franklin spellmaster missed that one.

Two facts neatly omitted in this story. #1...Strict Gun Confiscation of honest cicizens in Jolly Old England.

#2....no credit to Rudy Guliana for cleaning up New York city.
7 posted on 09/01/2002 7:16:31 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: MinuteGal
YOU ARE 100% correct!!!!!!
8 posted on 09/01/2002 7:17:13 AM PDT by buffyt
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To: Schnucki
Thanks, I was fast on my way to the dictionary myself, when I read your post.
9 posted on 09/01/2002 7:17:13 AM PDT by Puppage
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To: RepoGirl
Seriously, though--I spent a wonderful semester there back in 1990 and felt extremely safe. However, every year I've gone back to visit, the place has just become more and more of a pit.

When Margaret Thatcher started making her reforms, people worried about how it would create a permanent, disaffected under-class. Instead, she created a happy, healthy society which (as you saw in 1990) was safe and wonderful. But Thatcher left and her reforms have been whittled away. Now the place is not safe and not wonderful.

Gee, maybe reformers like Reagan and Thatcher have the right idea -- they get portrayed as cold and mean, but in reality they are the only ones who know how to build warm and wonderful societies.

Also, when Joan Collins says she feels safer in New York City, I think she's paying some (subconscious) tribute to Rudy Giuliani (a Republican, of course) who turned NYC around with his tough attitude toward petty crime.

Silly Leftists. All the evidence is out there: conservatives build good societies. Leftists destroy societies. But Leftists are "good" because they do it for the children.

10 posted on 09/01/2002 7:36:19 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: MinuteGal
I thought that Madonna and Gwynneth Paltrow moved TO London because crime in America was so bad.

Now I am just perplexed.
11 posted on 09/01/2002 7:41:27 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: Thud
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12 posted on 09/01/2002 7:41:34 AM PDT by Dark Wing
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Madonna moved to London to perfect her Brit accent.
13 posted on 09/01/2002 7:50:03 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: All
Between 1976-1984 I visited England on 6 seperate occasions and spend an average of 3 weeks there each time . NEVER had a problem and always felt safe . The place has really gone to hell in a handbasket in more ways than one . The land of my ancestors , like my hometown in Willimantic , CT , is one place I have no wish to visit ever again . They share much in common ...
14 posted on 09/01/2002 8:09:20 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: RepoGirl
It goes waaay beyond not having guns, if you are attacked on the street YOU DO NOT have the right to fight back & that includes using your bare hands, to do so is a crime that you may be prosecuted in court & be held civilly liable by the mugger that you fought with. the only folks that can thump a crook are officers of the crown ie the bobbies.
15 posted on 09/01/2002 8:09:21 AM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: The Card
"England swings like a pendulum do. Muggers on bicycles, two-by-two."

Sorry, Rog...RIP.

19 posted on 09/01/2002 8:42:03 AM PDT by Mr Ducklips
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To: Puppage
Why go anywhere but here?

http://www.dictionary.com/search?q=yob

20 posted on 09/01/2002 8:53:05 AM PDT by justlurking
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To: ejdrapes
Collins is wealthy. She can surely afford a brace of quality pistols to strap on her hips as she goes shopping. </sarcasm>
21 posted on 09/01/2002 9:11:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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