Police hope this technology can stop future terror attacks like London Bridge and Barcelona

Police are rolling out a new technology that would place steel spikes on London’s roads to prevent the vehicle-ramming attacks which have become the favoured method of terrorists in Europe.

Ridiculous rubbish. Stupendously stupid. Preposterous poppycock.

  • Blacksmith

    Oh, but don’t try and solve the problem at its source no, just treat the symptoms…….. Useless fucks!

    • Clink9

      Next, they’re using giant magnets to take the knives out of hands that go all stabby.

      • Blacksmith

        OH, well that will fix it, its all good now……
        What is that saying, “there are none so blind as those who refuse to see” or something like that.

  • tom_billesley

    I guess the evaluation of the “geo-fencing” or “digital force field” isn’t going well.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Ordered my run-flats today.

  • tom_billesley

    The netting isn’t a new idea. It’s mentioned as the “X-Net” in the last minute of this 2009 video of a “5th Gear” episode on run-flat tires.

  • Dana Garcia

    Diverse immigration requires a lot of technology to make us appreciative.

  • CodexCoder

    When you analyze a problem incorrectly, you cannot solve the problem. If a solution becomes more complicated, generally (but not always) you have missed the true nature of the problem. A good solution is generally not expensive (except when government gets involved).

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, but the majority of terrorist attacks in the entire world are planned and implemented by followers of Islam and Mohammed. And it all starts with the Koran – an evil document. If you tell someone from the time they can understand that anyone that doesn’t follow your religion deserves to be converted, killed, or enslaved, you end up with this problem. And if that ideology enters a secular society where anything goes, the implacable will eventually rule the pliable because the pliable have no consistent view point. That is the gift of post-modernism with its idea of individual or group relative truth. Post-modernism will not stand on its own because it is relying on the historical Judeo-Christian base for its support and kicks the crap out of that base at every turn. It is like a homeowner with an elevated deck that goes out and chops at the pillars supporting the deck and is all shocked and amazed when the deck collapses.

    • k2

      Embrace the Darkness! If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! (Apparently, conversions to islam are happening at unprecedented rates in places like France and Germany).

  • Let’s consider the conditions needed to make this work.

    First, you need 2 police officers and a net. That’s doable. But they need to be in the right place at the right time… more problematic (place them every 100 meters throughout Britain?) but let’s pretend our Bobbies are in the right spot and paying attention. They hear an engine racing – fortunately still *a few minutes away*, giving them time to deploy the spiky-netty-thingy. Ignore the fact that vehicles, even 17 tonne lorries, can accelerate quickly and with relatively little noise on a busy street. Now our fictitious police officers need to deploy the net across the road but whoops! They’ll have to get civilian vehicles out of the way first – if ‘non-terrorist’ wheels hit the spikes, the device won’t be in place to stop the killer lorry. So upon suspecting a terrorist attack is imminent, the first action for the police is to run into moving traffic, while a madman in a lorry bears down on them, and roll out the spiky-netty-thingy. Yeah that’s going to work.

    • tom_billesley

      I can see it being used but only for scheduled public events. Also, I can’t find mention of it working on vehicles heavier than 10 tonnes.

      • From the article: “The Talon won’t be a permanent feature on the city roads, but can deployed during a potentially hostile vehicle attack. The net can be rolled out by two officers in less than one minute, and can stop vehicles up to 17 tonnes, the Met added.”

        • tom_billesley

          Sorry, I meant elsewhere. Perhaps there’s an improved version since some of the stuff on the web was published.

          • Doesn’t matter. High tech cannot defeat low tech when people are willing to die to further their cause. They will kill with flower bouquets if that’s all that’s available.

      • Agreed, that would be a valid use. The article however says “deployed during a potentially hostile vehicle attack”.

        • tom_billesley

          The more I look at it, the more I think this is news release is just an attempt to bolster public confidence rather than an effective countermeasure.

          • Security theater so the politicians can look like they care.

          • A Hamilton Guy

            As my kid says; All he needs to make a big bang is used to clean the house.

          • Editor

            “Security theater”. I love that term. It is such a perfect description of this type of solution.

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  • Uncommunist

    For front wheel drive cars only and stops front wheel drive vehicles about 25 metres later.
    These work:

  • BillyHW

    Like putting a bandaid on a guillotine wound.

  • Jabberwokk

    Or you could just remove kabab

  • WildWelshWoman

    Do these roll-out spiked “carpets” also come equipped with a crystal ball so that police can determine where and when there will be a vehicle-ramming attack perpetrated by Muslim terrorists?