Not the Strokes song, but some details of something I was a part of last night.
I have removed much of the specifics, and any references that could identify anyone except me, but wanted to share as I was really stuck as to what I could actually do.
With no phone, no response from the emergency services, with a clearly vulnerable, inebriated and seemingly quite scared man what more could I or should I have done?
The kindness of people who stopped, but were unable to add anything, and my over-riding fear that if I left him he would quite potentially fall into the road again made for a long and subsequently sleepless night for me.
What follows is close to the contact I made with the local police this morning - if anyone thinks there is another agency or group I should let know please let me know.
I am not really sure what can be done here, but I wanted to log a report of an incident (not a crime) from last night
I was visiting some friends in town last night and staying at the ***** Hotel on *****
When walking back to the hotel having left The *** Pub at about 11PM a car hooted and shouted out of the window that there was a man in the road – this car drove off an I never saw it again.
I saw a man clearly struggling to pull another man out of the road, at this stage I was unclear as to any events that had lead to this.
It transpired that the younger man, who had been cycling past, had seen the other man in the road and had pulled him out of the road, so I crossed and helped the older man, mid 30s, on to the pavement.
He had cuts and bleeding on his hands and elbow that I could see, and some blood on his face but no sign of cuts there.
He was clearly very drunk, and said he was deaf, but appeared to be able to hear.
He asked us to get him a taxi home to ***** which me and the other man were going to pay for as he had no money on him.
It was clear he had at least urinated, and defecated, so a taxi that did come wouldn’t take him.
He had a fishing rod and landing net with him.
His jeans were absolutely sodden from the knees down, and he was wearing an **** Football top.
I said we would call an ambulance or the police, but he was very agitated at this and didn’t want this.
At this time I realised my phone was dead.
He was unable to stand when trying so walking home was not an option.
The younger man called 999 and spent about 10 minutes on the call explaining the situation and where we were (***** at the ***** junction)
The younger man now left on his bike, I didn’t see him again or know who he was.
Over the course of the next 2 hours I sat with the man on the pavement, and he was clearly in distress but it was hard to understand why.
At various times while talking he referred to his **** dying, his *** dying, his *** having (an illness) and made many references to “My brother is going to beat me up when he finds out what I have done” but would never elaborate on what he had done or was referring to.
There was no extra detail on when any of these events had happened.
He also made repeated comments that his partner had been cheating on him, and this was something to do with Facebook.
He had been drinking in The ****.
A taxi stopped and the driver made a call to the emergency services.
A lady driving out of **** also stopped and called the services, and she was given a reference of **** having spoken to ****.
I did not know any of these people and none returned.
After a couple of hours, I think about 1.30, he tried standing again, and by leaning on me we were able to walk slowly towards ****.
He was continually saying he was scared his brother would be at home and he would be beaten up.
We got close to *****, and he then stopped and said I had to go, I couldn’t go to his flat with him, and I was to leave.
He was very agitated now and quite aggressive.
He seemed balanced walking and he walked off.
As I had no phone and it was now very late, I walked back to the hotel and arrived there just before 2AM.
The name he gave me was ********.
Aside from the fact that at least 3 calls were made about a man who had been found lying in the road, possibly run over (he could not remember how he got to there) of which I don’t know exactly what was said as I made none of the calls, I did have the very strong impression that there was something else that he was stopping himself from saying, related to the constant comments that his brother would beat him up when he found out what he had done, and his absolute fear whenever a call to the emergency services was being made.
I don’t know anything else about him or anyone else that I spoke to or saw during this time.
I don’t know what, if anything, can be done on such little information, but wanted to pass this on should there be any incident linked to ***** either last night or this morning.