The specialist burglary cops patrolling Bramley, a ‘burglary blackspot’ in Leeds are good, sturdy citizens and we’re grateful they’re out there doing what they do. Those police bending over backwards to rehabilitate persistent offenders are equally admirable. But they don’t make for scintillating television and the criminals themselves (for obvious reasons) are even less communicative. A long hour – let’s hope this sort of thing doesn’t become standard issue for C4’s often essential ‘Cutting Edge’ strand.
House of Vans
Taking over what used to be the Old Vic Tunnels, the House of Vans has turned the space below Waterloo station into a hot new destination for skateboarders, and promises a variety of diversions that will also appeal to those with no particular ambition to execute a credible 360 flip. The underground venue is sister to House of Vans Brooklyn where tickets for the free, all-ages summer concerts go like hot baked goods. The London branch also boasts a live music stage, as well as two tunnels’ worth of purpose-built skate park and an art gallery that will open with ‘Scissors & Glue’, an exhibition documenting the brief history of zines (till September 20). There’s a café, bars and cinema space and a regular programme of talks and workshops is planned. Skate sessions are free and open to all ages (there are lessons with The Skateboad School on Saturday mornings) but to be sure of entry book in advance on the House of Vans website where you’ll also find updates on upcoming gigs.