Walking west from present day St Paul's Cathedral the road drops away steeply to Ludgate Circus and it is easy to imagine a large river infront of you before the bank rises steeply on the other side to a road now called Fleet street.Indeed the river is still flowing but in a tunnel under the street After only a few years of Roman occupation, when the town had no protective walls a local British Queen "Boudicca", from East Anglia, burnt the place to the ground!Leicester Crown Court heard Aslam attacked the group after he was involved in a fight with them in the city centre.In mitigation the court heard Aslam had been fasting for Ramadan on that day and for more than 20 days in total.These two rivers are now no longer to be seen but can easily be located. The mouth of the Walbrook is now under Cannon Street railway station and it's passage from the north follows Walbrook Street which connects Cannon Street station with the Mansion House and the Bank of England almost due north.The original Roman settlement stretched from The Walbrook river (Cannon Street Station) in the west to the Tower of London (which did not exist) in the east.What you did after that is totally shocking.'You quite deliberately drove your van at that group who were walking along the pavement.'I've seen it on CCTV and you deliberately mounted the pavement and drove straight at them and right through the middle of them at speed.'Some were thrown to the side and three were struck by your vehicle front-on, with one going over the bonnet and hitting the windscreen.'It's quite remarkable that nobody was seriously hurt or killed and the only injuries complained of were bruises and scratches.'One indication of the force of the collision was your windscreen was smashed - you claimed it had been hit by an animal when you got it repaired.'You accept your intention, driving at them, was to cause serious injury and that's what makes this case so serious.'The motivation was driving at them to get your revenge, to get your own back from the fact they'd assaulted you.'The Recorder added: 'I accept it was completely out of character.'You're of very positive good previous character and I've received a considerable number of references setting out all the good that is in you.'You're a good family man with a young daughter and I take that very much into account.'When shown the footage, delivery driver Aslam was shocked and could not explain his actions.Prosecutor Alexander Wolfson said the fact that they avoided serious injury was 'down to the design of the front bumper.'He said: 'The driving followed an altercation between the defendant and this group, not very far away from the incident (which happened outside the rear entrance of a Sainsbury's store).'The defendant was reversing his van when there was contact with one of the group and there was an incident involving the group and the defendant, of a physical and violent nature.'That was the catalyst for this piece of driving.'Nadeem Aullybocus, defending, said: 'He was fasting on that day and had been doing so for about 20 days when this happened.'He's a hardworking, unassuming and quiet man, of small stature.'He's never been involved in gang culture and was simply on his way to meet his wife and child when the encounter (with the five men) took place.'Something happened out of the ordinary and he reacted in a way he can't explain.'Clearly he saw red and went for these five people.
Aslam, of Leicester, admitted dangerous driving and attempting to inflict intentional grievous bodily harm.Before the Romans arrived some 2000 years ago there is no evidence of London existing as any sort of thriving town or village.When the Romans arrived they quickly chose the London area as the HQ for all activities in their new island colony perhaps because the area between present day Cannon Street Station and the Tower of London, on the north bank of the River Thames made an ideal port and with quick access to high ground. In addition, at this point two smaller rivers join the Thames from the north providing easy access to extra clean drinking water and additional defence from attackers.The Romans used London to bring in all their vital goods from the rest of their empire particularly of course military equipment.Also of course the comforts they were used to including: Olive oil, wine, dates, figs and salted fish.
The second river is the Fleet just over a quarter of a mile west of the Walbrook which is a much larger river and flows north south under present day Ludgate circus and Farringdon street.