When I pointed out that it seemed a bit over the top, he responded loudly, 'What are you - a bloody anarchist!"
All this despite the fact that I was pushing a pram with my baby daughter inside, and despite the fact that I had asked an officer's permission to film the scene for the local rag. (Not that one needs to in a democracy.)
Of course, I hear you say, not long afterwards several nutters blew themselves up on London Underground taking many souls alongside their own misbegotten lives, so all's 'fare' then. Be that as it may, would such a highly visible police operation have prevented the nutter atrocities?
Operation Extended Powers, as the paper later reported, then as now, had a 'whiff' about it... Guv.