On 19th June at 5.45pm I walked into Cutty Sark Station. Alone. I took the escalator. (In Pic) The metal bars line the right end of disembarkment area of downward escalator. Two drunk men blocked this passage. The escalator deposited me upon them. They were between 50 and 60 years. They shouted at me and blocked my path so that I could not continue to the second escalator off to the left of the photograph. Their aggression grew more intense. One wore a St Georges flag t shirt. In fear for my safety I returned up the escalator on the right hand side of the metal bar in the photograph and out the station. I tweeted at 6.05pm “Two drunk men set on me at Cutty Sark Station” I spoke to two people as these following events unfolded. I spoke to Duwayne Brooks the SDP councillor for Lewisham Council and to Bradley the producer of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.
I was disorientated. I waited to regain my bearings then returned down the escalator straight to the security office. It’s behind the pillar in the picture above. The security officer escorted me down the second escalator to the train platform. I got onto the train. I missed my stop. I was at Limehouse. I meant to be at Canaray Wharf. So I got off the train at Limehouse, to get the next train back, only I hadn’t touched my oyster card at Cutty Sark. A ticket inspector was on the stairs at Limehouse to catch fare dodgers. Two police officers were stood behind him. They are not in the picture. I tried to explain what had happened minutes before even showing the tweet but the security guard was not listening. He was from the same company as the one who escorted me to the train. I was fined forty pounds for dodging my fare. I walked up the adjacent stairs to the opposite platform and took this picture on the left. I got on the returning train and changed at Canary Wharf. Where the shock of what had happened to me. Really hit home. There’s nowhere like Canary Wharf to be in shock and invisible. My journey ended eventually at Hackney Central. The next day I caught the same train to Greenwich to begin my work as writer in residence for Greenwich and Docklands International festival. All smiles.
I am posting this blog on 26th August. It’s here as a point of record. The reason I didn’t put it up at the time was so not to get in the way of the press for the i festival and particularly for the arrival of The Whale. I did not report it to the police though both Duwayne and Bradley advised that I should. Nor did I appeal to Independent Appeals Service PO Box 212 Petersfield GU329BQ. I received the reminder to pay through the post and paid the bill. This is a point of record