GadgetVicar Boy is sixteen years old tomorrow. To celebrate this event last night, someone had the nice idea that they would attempt to rob him and his pals. In the process, he was assaulted, and has several shining facial bruises as evidence. I'm sure he'll be fine. He seems to have bounced back, but is still a little shocked.
The police who came were very helpful, but it seems unlikely that the perpetrators will be caught.
What's most disturbing is that this happened in daylight, at a busy junction, in the pleasant suburb that is Jordanhill. Someone stopped to offer help and information, which was brave and good. But it's the second time in a week that I've felt the icy tendrils of crime reaching out to affect those around me, and it makes me angry.