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Story of the Year: Foxton’s estate agents arrested for fighting by Boris Johnson’s Islington home

One of the top stories of 2016 has appeared in the Times: “Estate agent sacks staff after brawl outside Boris Johnson’s home.” It gets better yet when the teaser to Nadeem Badsha’s story gives more details: “Class War activists brawled with three Foxtons estate agents outside Boris Johnson’s Islington home.”

It is believed that the men, seen wearing suits, were on their way back from a pub after closing their branch due to concerns it could be a target for protesters from Class War. A spokeswoman for Foxtons told the London Evening Standard: “We were extremely disappointed to learn of this incident.”

You bet they are. If there is one thing Foxton’s staffer should be good at it’s pushing and punching down.

The Standard calls them “businessmen”. It adds:

The activists, whose faces were covered with scarves and hoods, set off coloured smoke bombs and paraded a banner of the newly appointed Foreign Secretary’s face beneath the blade of a guillotine.

Are they activists’ mugs covered with scarves and hoods in case their colleagues in the Met recognise then, allegedly? Or are they, as keen decapitators, jihadis?

Of course, this beyond-satire news is not fun for the two men, aged 28 and 68, charged with assault. A third man, 49, was arrested on suspicion of assault. All three no longer work at Foxtons, which has yet to report what living in a high-crime zone has done to Islington house price.

Posted: 13th, August 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment