How unusual

I’m sure that when the police describe something as ‘unusual for Swindon’ the impression they want to give is that it does no happen very often. With, according to recent reports, estate agents in both Stratton and Swindon town centre having been shot at using ball bearing guns, and a travel agents in Westcott Place similarly targeted, all within the last couple of weeks, I’d say that is unusual in the opposite sense. I really don’t care whether, to quote the police again, ‘The offences take place on an ad-hoc basis’ or not. Seven attacks in two weeks may be ad-hoc but is also rather frequent. It deserves a rather greater sense of concern from the authorities than is apparent at the moment.