Air Ambulance lands in Boyatt Wood

Residents around the Lawn Road green in Boyatt Wood had an early Sunday morning awakening as the Hampshire Air Ambulance helicopter landed on the recreation ground situated between St Catherine’s Road at around 9.15 am. It had been scrambled in response to what was clearly a serious incident at a private address in nearby Ruskin Road which was attended by two ambulances and four police vehicles.

Scene of emergency at Ruskin Road

Ruskin Road was impassable to traffic for over an hour and police on the scene would not divulge any details. A crowd gathered on the green to see the air ambulance take off at about 10.30. It is believed it did not have a casualty on board.

One onlooker said: “I made a charity donation to Hampshire Air Ambulance only last week and it’s a good to see it in use in my own neighbourhood” The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Trust is one of the charities being supported by the Mayor, John Caldwell this year.

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  3 comments for “Air Ambulance lands in Boyatt Wood

  1. Peter Stewart
    February 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

    What a first rate show for Eastleigh residents, courtesy of!

    For those like me who could not be there to see the helicopter, the air ambulance crew were clearly not only polished helicopter operatives, but polished public servants too, willing to put themselves out, to go the extra mile, to put in a bit of extra effort and add the finishing touch, to be cooperative, just for which they obviously realized was the only Media coverage present, to represent the people of Eastleigh and wider afield.

    They didn’t HAVE to do hover like that. They did it because they see the big picture: IT IS GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS! It’s a good advert for the excellent service they provide as servants of their paymasters, the general public. These days that’s what public servants need to do: Justify their existence at every step!

    What a pity the police were not similarly cooperative! Why did they not give any information? Now that’s what I call BAD PUBLIC RELATIONS! The best thing the police round here could do would be to hire a public relations expert. I’m willing to do the job if they ask me.

    With this incident, as with any, there is never a need for total secrecy. Anyone with experience of life can tell just by looking at the emergency vehicles present on a Sunday morning that there is tragedy.

    It would have been so simple to give the public some brief details. Now we are left wondering exactly what was going on and are left with speculation and rumour, the worst possible things, all for want of a brief press statement. Worst of all, the police have failed to add the finishing touch, to put themselves forward in the best light. They must do this if they are to avoid being decimated by the enemies of the State, who would gladly see Britain without an effective police force.

    We must never forget that as a society, we consent to having our police service. The police are our public servants and we, the general public are not only their paymasters, but their masters in all respects. Reverse that and you have a recipe for disaster, the kind of which George Orwell wrote about.

    But let’s not get carried away! It should be a two way relationship and responsibility, one based on respect both ways. That’s how I was brought up to see it and that’s how I believe it is.

    Sadly since we were annexed by the EU in 1973, I have seen a huge erosion of police-public relations, due in large part to unfair police persecution of soft targets like motorists. This has been forced on them by lack of funding which makes it difficult to provide satisfactory crime statistics in any other way. So where is all the money going? Answer: To the EU!

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    February 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Well Peter, it’s nice to think the Air Ambulance did a bit of PR showboating for my benefit but they were probably just getting trying to figure the best route out given the surrounding trees and overhead cabling – they were closer than they seem in the clip.
    The Police on the scene did not want to comment but I spoke to local residents. Their information if correct, would indeed suggest a tragic story – however it would be quite wrong to publish any details ahead of any press release.
    In the defence of the Police they had a difficult set of circumstances to manage.
    Thanks for the ‘big up’ for ‘Eastleigh News’ – the advantage of Hyperlocal journalism is that there is always a journalist embedded in the community 24/7.

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    February 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I’m very sad to say the Daily Echo has confirmed what local residents had reported to me:

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