Mugged BBC DJ Joanne Good: ‘London is more dangerous than New York’
Former actress Joanne Good: Said she believes London has become more dangerous than New York
06 July 2012
Former actress Joanne Good has said she believes London has become more dangerous than New York after being mugged as she walked home from her late night radio show.
The 57-year-old said she did not want to “sensationalise” the attack in which she was pushed to the ground and had her mobile phone snatched.
However speaking on her show Barking At The Moon on BBC Radio London she said tourists coming to the Olympics should be warned of the potential dangers.
Miss Good, who starred as Carole Sands on Crossroads in the 1980s, told listeners: “I don’t think I’m sensationalising the fact that this city has become quite dangerous.”
Explaining what happened she said she was returning to her Marylebone home in the early hours of Thursday morning when she was faced by two large men who grabbed her mobile phone.
She said: “I got mugged last night on my way home. You could almost say I had it coming.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve sat on this show saying I walk home every single night. I love the walk. I know exactly what I’m doing. I walk down the middle of the road.
“What I didn’t reckon on, was two people coming out of the shadows at me in hoods and probably about up to 6’2”, well the tallest one was probably about 6’5 and then there was a shorter one who was about 6ft and I just couldn’t.”
She said at one stage as she called for help a man ignored her: “He was really scared because they were, at that point, almost running at him. And he just carried on walking.
“And a wonderful Dutch guy on a bike, and we’re talking about 2.45am cycled up and said ‘What’s happened? Are you alright? Use my phone’ and the whole thing unfolded.”
She went on: “What is happening in London? There are incidents happening every minute in the city that are never reported because there are just so many of them, it happens all the time.”
She added the incident had made her re-evaluate her view towards perpetrators. She said: “Can I say here and now, that understanding has gone right out the window. I have absolutely no understanding.
“I really am baffled by what is happening in this city, New York is possibly one of the safest cities now.
“It is terrifying, and the repercussions are, I probably now, will never walk home again. I loved my walks home. From doing a four hour radio show, I would walk through the most beautiful architecture in London feeling like I owned the place.
“And you know, at night, in the early hours of the morning, London is reduced. It becomes very village-like. And I will now be denied that.”
However speaking from her Marylebone home this morning Miss Good, who two years ago spoke about her decades long battle with anorexia, said she did not want to be seen as a “victim”.