Mayor Boris Johnson rides to woman’s rescue
‘He was my knight on a shining bicycle’ says Londoner threatened by gang of ‘feral kids’
A London woman who works as a documentary maker and environmental activist has told how the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, rescued her from three "feral kids", one of whom was wielding an iron bar. He chased them away, calling them "oiks".
Franny Armstrong, who directed the film The Age of Stupid, told reporters on Tuesday: "He was my knight on a shining bicycle."
Johnson was cycling on Monday night through Camden, north London, the borough adjacent to his home in Islington, when Armstrong cried out for help when she was surrounded by three girls wearing hoodies.
"I was texting on my phone so didn't notice the girls until they pushed me against the car, quite hard," Armstrong said. "At first it was quite funny, because they were only about 12. Then I saw that one of them had an iron bar in her hand. It was more than a metre long. It was as big as her.
"Then along came a cyclist. And I thought, 'Good, he's a big bloke,' and shouted, 'Can you help me please?'
"He stopped and turned around and I thought, 'Oh, my God, it's Boris Johnson.'
"He asked the girls what was going on, and at first they didn't move, so I said, 'That's the mayor of London!' and they ran off. They must have thought they were going to get in trouble."
Having chased the "oiks" down the street, Boris returned to walk Armstrong home. En route, they apparently talked about the campaign 10:10, founded by Armstrong, which aims to cut 10 per cent of carbon emissions in 2010. It has attracted support from many London personalities.
Armstrong said she did not agree with Johnson's politics, and was a Ken Livingstone supporter. But she added: "If you find yourself down a dark alleyway and in trouble, I think Boris would be of more use than Ken."
A spokeswoman for the mayor's office confirmed that Johnson had intervened to help Armstrong, but declined to comment further. ·
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