Five Arrested In Operation Landslide

July 08, 2011 14:39
 

Wednesday 6 July saw the launch of Operation Land Slide by Lambeth Borough Police’s Licensing team, Trading Standards, Food Safety and the UK Boarder Agency (UKBA).

 

This operation targeted take away food premises and off licences in Brixton town centre.

The first day of the operation saw five men arrested for immigration offences. Alcohol was seized from one venue as it was believed to be counterfeit. Warnings were issued to shops stocking out of date food items.

 

As well as ensuring legislation is enforced the operation is also designed to give guidance to venues and build trust within the borough. The first day of Operation Land Slide has been deemed a success and more visits will be undertaken soon.

 

PC Hannah Eldridge of Licencing said, “Operation Landslide is designed to provide reassurance that our agencies are working to ensure that businesses are working legally and providing a good service to the public. We also are striving to build stronger relationships between the community, licensed venues, Police and Lambeth Council.”

Police Appeal and advice

July 06, 2011 15:05
 
On Saturday 3 July at approx 03.30hrs an attempted kidnap took place on Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4. A 26-year old female traveling home from a night out was attacked from behind by two black men described as aged 17-20years who attempted to drag her into a gold four door saloon car with light-coloured seats. She struggled and the men made off when a white van approached. Police are keen to trace any witnesses who may have seen or heard something in relation to this offence. Anyone with information is encouraged to Call TDC John Innes on 020 8649 2173 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously. Police advise; If travelling alone be aware or your surroundings, would you be able to state your location in an emergency? Walk with confidence, by looking purposeful you can reduce your perceived vulnerability. Avoid using your mobile phone, listening to loud music or drawing attention to your valuables. In emergency always dial 999.

Missing Boston Terrier

July 06, 2011 14:26
 
Bumble has been missing since 16 June. She was lost on Railton road but recent sightings have been in South Croxted Road and Croydon. Further details below: Name BUMBLE Breed Terrier Boston Gender Female Young Adult Build Small Black and White THIN SCAR ON BELLY Tagged Yes Micro chipped Yes Lost 16 Jun 2011 Where Lost Outside 247 Railton Road, London SE24 (between Brixton and Herne HIill) *Other Info Bumble is very small for her age, has a lovely nature and is very friendly. She was wearing a black colour with a paw print tag with her home numbers. She has very long white legs and runs like the wind. Phone 1 07885 712191 Phone 2 07799 347404 With information* To see image please got to the community safe website

Missing Boston Terrier Bumble

July 06, 2011 14:19
 
Bumble has been missing since 16 June. She was lost on Railton road but recent sightings have been in South Croxted Road and Croydon. Further details below: Name BUMBLE Breed Terrier Boston Gender Female Young Adult Build Small Black and White THIN SCAR ON BELLY Tagged Yes Micro chipped Yes Lost 16 Jun 2011 Where Lost Outside 247 Railton Road, London SE24 (between Brixton and Herne HIill) *Other Info Bumble is very small for her age, has a lovely nature and is very friendly. She was wearing a black colour with a paw print tag with her home numbers. She has very long white legs and runs like the wind. Phone 1 07885 712191 Phone 2 07799 347404 With information* To see image please got to the community safe website

"CUT - Some Wounds Never Heal"

July 04, 2011 10:37
 
The school summer holidays are approaching, bringing an increased risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) to over 6000 young girls in London. The Metropolitan Police Service, in partnership with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Kids Taskforce, is today, Monday 4 July, launching a new teaching resource to help tackle this form of child abuse. The pack will be launched in South London and will see the first showing of 'Cut - Some Wounds Never Heal' a film by the Kids Taskforce and pupils at Lilian Baylis Technology School, Kennington. The hard-hitting film features model, author and human rights activist Waris Dirie, ITV's Dr Hilary Jones and other experts in dealing with FGM. The film, which is aimed at 11-17 year olds, was created by young people for young people and leads with a strong message that this practice is abusive to a woman's body and can have profound physical and mental consequences. FGM is illegal in the UK and under the FGM Act 2003 it is also illegal for girls to be taken from the UK to undergo the procedure anywhere in the world. Those who are involved or facilitate this process may be guilty of an offence which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. Today's launch coincides with the forthcoming summer break as experience has shown that the girls most at risk of FGM are taken back to their countries of origin at the start of the school summer holidays, allowing them extended time to recover from their wounds before returning to school in September. In London alone there are estimated to be 6,500 girls at risk annually of FGM. The Metropolitan Police Service Child Abuse Investigation Command through Project Azure works to tackle this issue and to prevent this happening to girls in London. This is done in partnership with various statutory agencies, charities and organizations, and involves education and enforcement activities. The resource pack launched today is the latest action to come from that partnership approach. The resource is the first of its kind and available freely for all secondary schools in the UK. It will facilitate open discussion on this sensitive subject and offer advice and information to those at risk and their peers. In addition to the new resource, specialist child protection officers will be working closely with their partners this summer to raise awareness of the issues, to help identify girls who may be at risk and prevent them from being subjected to the procedure. Additionally, the MPS is actively investigating a number of ongoing cases. Speakers at today's event will include Hannah Buckley, head of sexual violence policy at the Home Office, Sharon Doughty, president founder of Kids Taskforce, and Commander Simon Foy, head of homicide and serious crime investigations for the Metropolitan Police Service. Speaking ahead of today's event Commander Foy said: "Female genital mutilation is a crime. It is painful and traumatic and harmful to girls and women in many ways. "Those who are involved in any way - be it aiding, abetting, counselling, procuring or carrying out FGM inside or outside the UK - are committing a criminal offence, as well as putting lives at risk. "The Metropolitan Police Service is here for all Londoners and we are working with our partners to prevent this form of child abuse through education and enforcement, while supporting victims and survivors, and pursuing those who are involved in carrying this practice out. "I would like to thank the Kids Taskforce, the FCO and the Lilian Baylis pupils involved in producing this film to raise awareness of FGM and hope that this resource will be used in secondary schools to assist in broaching this sensitive subject. "We would urge anyone who believes a girl is vulnerable to come forward and alert the police or other agencies so that they can be protected." Founding President of Kids Taskforce Sharon Doughty, added: "This is a practice that needs bringing out into the open so that it can be addressed, by working with communities here to change minds. I felt the best way to achieve that was to have the people most affected - young girls - make their own film on the issue." Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor of policing said: "The ritual mutilation of young girls is a revolting and barbaric act which is sadly far too prevalent in modern London. The Mayor has commissioned a report to try and gauge the true scale of this atrocity, but even without this, we know many girls suffer horribly because of this cultural evil. The Mayor has put tackling this practice firmly on the agenda with the police and their partners. This film is a welcome sign of that renewed effort. Greater knowledge should help young girls protect themselves and the generations to follow, and help our law enforcement agencies bring their abusers to justice."

More than 70 arrested in Op Target

June 17, 2011 09:16
 
One week on from the launch of Operation Target - the Met's renewed emphasis to tackle crimes against people and property in London - over 700 people have been arrested. In 1598 operations carried out so far over the last seven days officers have arrested 798 suspects for offences such as robbery, GBH, drug dealing and burglary; recovered property such as sat navs, mobile phones and gallons of wine; and seized firearms, knives and other weapons; while enhanced uniformed patrols have increased our presence on the streets and in the communities which suffer disproportionate levels of neighbourhood crime. In the coming weeks we will focus more staff and their expertise from across the MPS towards the task of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in these areas. Commander Maxine De Brunner, who is leading the operation said: "We're delighted with the early results achieved by officers and staff across the MPS under Operation Target. This great effort has seen boroughs, OCUs and business groups coming together like never before to work on the common aim of tackling crimes against people and property in London. Hundreds of suspects have been arrested; suspected stolen property recovered; and drugs and weapons have been removed from the streets. "So much has been achieved in just one week - but we need to keep up the momentum. We need to keep the pressure on robbers, burglars and other criminals. We need to tell our communities what we've been doing to keep them safe. And we need to go into communities after the criminals have been arrested and look to solve, with our partners, some of the underlying problems in order to help keep crime down. Ch Supt Dave Chinchen, silver commander commended officers and staff engaged in the operation: "Your work over this first week has been first class and in the best traditions of the MPS. We've seen some great innovations complementing more traditional policing tactics, and delivered with great enthusiasm. In the coming weeks further assets and resources will be coming from the centre to support boroughs - Op Target is about the MPS coming together to assist boroughs tackle their local crime challenges. It's vital we keep up the pressure and reassure Londoners we are doing everything we can to help keep their homes and communities safe."

Distraction burglary

June 13, 2011 14:33
 
Distraction burglary is any crime where a falsehood, trick or distraction is used to gain access to a property to commit burglary. Lambeth Borough Police have received three reports in recent weeks that distraction burglars are operating in the SW12/SW4 area. Crime prevention advice - Distraction burglary: • If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water, police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider – Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller – they may be bogus. • Telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them. We have Neighbourhood Watch schemes that you can join. Check with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team to find out if there is one in your area. • Many service providers provide password schemes, sign up to these. When unannounced callers knock at your door they should know the password if they are genuine. • The “Waterboard” no longer exists, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers. • Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home; put it in the bank where it is safe. • Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times. • Ensure that if you do let somebody in to your home, that you close the door behind them – distraction burglars often work in teams, where one will distract you whilst others sneak in through the insecure door. • If somebody asks for your help – needs to make a telephone call, lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or pen and paper for example, refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door. Alternatively, call a friend or neighbour to come and assist. • Not sure? Don’t open the door.
Maurice Cox aged 36 of Tierney Road, SW2 (Dob 23/07/1974) has been sentenced to five years at Inner London Crown Court Today (10th June) after pleading guilty to ten counts of supplying class A drugs namely crack and heroin. Cox was arrested with fifteen other men on Thursday 3 March in a series of open strikes against street dealers in the town centre of Brixton by Lambeth Borough Omega Team supported by colleagues from the Territorial Support Group (TSG). Maurice Coxs’ conviction comes a week after Dean Wilson aged 35years (DOB 16/08/1974) of Lakeview Road SE27 also arrested in the strike was sentenced to five years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court for thirteen counts of supplying crack and heroin Others arrested in the same operation included Marco Bennett aged 34years (DOB 20/11/1976) of Styles Gardens, SW9 who on Friday 6 May was sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment for eight counts of supplying crack and heroin. Jermaine Crawford aged 29years (DOB 22/09/1981) of Challice Way, SW2 pleaded guilty to supply two counts of supplying Class A crack and heroin and supply of a Class B drug at Inner London Crown Court. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Tuesday 24 May. Odeen Stephenson aged 20years (DOB 26/04/1990) of Warminister Square, SE25 also received a custodial sentence on Thursday 19 May of 18 months for one count supply crack cocaine. This operation was a culmination of months of careful planning led by Lambeth Borough police’s Omega team that deal with high level criminality in support of local policing teams across the Borough. The operation was mounted in response to concerns raised by local residents over the apparent movement of drug dealers to these areas. Officers took the suspects by surprise along Acre Lane, Effra Road, Trelawn Road and Railton Road, SW2 Brixton. The operation was a deliberate attempt to address community concerns and support local policing teams’ priorities of associated crime relating to open drug markets and is one of several initiatives that are ongoing to target those offenders. Detective Sergeant Ed Allen of the Lambeth Omega Team said, “These drug dealers have blighted the lives of the residents and visitors to Brixton through their habitual drug dealing. The detrimental effect that this level of criminality has on our Community was reflected by the determination and tenacity of my team in the running of this operation. Brixton Town Centre is not a place where drug dealing will be tolerated. Those who become involved in this type of criminality need to be prepared to serve lengthy custodial sentences as a consequence. We will continue to specifically target these types of individuals and put them before the Courts.” Cllr Rachel Heywood cabinet member for communities and community safety said “I am very pleased with the success of this operation which was designed to specifically address some key concerns of our residents as although overt drug dealing in Brixton has fallen considerably in the last few years, these hotspots had been causing major problems for residents and businesses with associated anti-social behaviour, sex work and robbery. These convictions continue to show that we will not tolerate this in Brixton.”

Man sentenced for Hoax calls

June 10, 2011 13:40
 
Anthony John Jackson, aged 29years Of Brixton Road SW9 (Dob 06/11/1981) has been sentenced to two years imprisonment after being convicted of fifteen counts of bomb hoax calls and malicious communications at Inner London Crown Court on 9th June. Jackson was arrested by Lambeth Borough CID Officers from on 30th December 2010 after making numerous calls to the emergency services throughout November and December 2010. These reported calls cost the Metropolitan Police Service nearly £13,000 in man hours and resources The court heard that on Friday 10 December, Jackson called Police seven times to report a bomb at a location using a variety of false names and numbers. Jackson made other calls to report fictitious incidents varying from bomb threats to road traffic collisions. Jackson had previously served prison terms in 2009 and 2010 for malicious communications. TDC Kerry Waterman of Lambeth CID said, “This reinforces the message that those who believe that they can waste police time and resources will be punished. Anthony Jackson's hoax calls resulted in wasted hours and resources. Whilst our attentions were directed needlessly responding to his calls, elsewhere an officer or a member of the public could have been in real danger." Jackson previously appeared at Inner London Crown Court on Wednesday 27 April and had been remanded in custody until today’s hearing. The court directs that 160 days spent in custody on remand will count towards the sentence.
A major new crackdown by the Metropolitan Police Service against robbers, burglars and violent criminals begins today, Wednesday 8th June. Operation Target, which is one of the most significant initiatives of its kind ever conducted by the MPS is a renewed drive to tackle crime against people and property in London leading to significant, long term reductions. The sustained campaign, which kicks off today with a series of operational activities, increased patrols and enforcements, brings together all the Met's specialist resources, skills and people to support local police tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, allowing the public to go about their daily lives feeling more confident and safe. Specialist MPS teams, such as the Flying Squad, Traffic and Mounted Branch will be supporting borough policing units to deliver the operation. Covert and overt tactics, and intelligence-led interventions will be used. Specialist investigation teams will help trace and arrest wanted or suspected robbers and burglars, while increased presence on the streets will be achieved through extra uniformed patrols at key areas. Analysis shows the initial 'Target' areas, while geographically making up just 2% of London, constitute around nearly a third of all London's street robberies and most serious violence; 15% of residential burglaries and 20% of non-res burglaries. As well as achieving immediate crime reductions, the operation intends to embed a number of effective long term crime prevention strategies to ensure there is sustained crime reduction in these areas. The overall result will be an improvement in public confidence and feelings of safety in the targeted areas. Assistant Commissioner Ian McPherson, head of Territorial Policing for the MPS said: "The MPS is here for London, and to help keep communities safe we are enhancing our efforts to tackle crimes against people and property. "Operation Target is to be the largest and sustained crackdown against crimes such as robbery, burglary and violence ever conducted by the MPS. While robbery and burglary are still relatively low in comparison to previous years we are determined to cut these offences further. "The public can support this operation and help themselves from becoming a victim of crime by taking some basic prevention measures. "By bringing together borough based knowledge and expertise with the skills of our specialist units we will make a real and sustainable difference, allowing people to go about their daily lives feeling more confident and safe." The officer leading Operation Target, Commander Maxine de Brunner added: "Target is a long-term drive to reduce crime and keep it down. The operation is due to last for at least six months and will see the relentless deployment of our specialist assets, resources, tactics and skills in areas which suffer disproportionate levels of crime and anti-social behaviour." The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "We're cracking down on the perilous criminality that can devastate people's everyday lives and there is no room for complacency. Burglars, robbers and drug dealers should take heed as their crime funded life styles may soon be ending. I've seen first hand today the immense hard work that goes into carrying out policing operations and I have every confidence that Target will be a complete success. The raids this morning will have an immediate effect on the hundreds of local residents who have been living under a cloud of fear." The public can find out more and get crime prevention advice by contacting their local Safer Neighbourhood Team or visiting http://www.met.police.uk. If you have information about crime you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the murder of an 18-year-old man in Lambeth. Officers were called just after 23:00hrs on Monday, 6 June, following reports of a male shot outside Purser House, Tulse Hill Estate, SW2. Police attended and found a male suffering from gun shot wounds. London Ambulance and HEMS attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's next of kin have been informed but we are yet to make a formal identification. The post-mortem examination is scheduled for 14.00hrs today at Greenwich Mortuary. At this early stage witnesses have told police that they heard several gunshots and a vehicle leaving the scene. An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Allison from Trident. DCI Allison said: "We would urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything between the hours of 21.30hrs and 23.00hrs, or seen a suspicious vehicle in the area at the time of this murder, to contact us and assist us in this investigation." There have been no arrests at present. Enquiries continue. Any witnesses or anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8247 4554 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Road Casualties spark police action

June 02, 2011 10:43
 
CO15 Traffic Officers and Lambeth Borough Police officers have been working in partnership through May to promote the ‘Think’ campaign and cut road deaths in the borough. This action was sparked as a result of three fatal road traffic collisions (RTC) in March. There was also one person seriously injured in a collision on the borough in the same month. CO15 Traffic Officers assisted by the Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT’s) and Local Policing Teams (LPTs) have been raising public awareness in Lambeth by conducting high visibility patrols, driving intervention and promotion of ‘safer driving’ in the media, especially highlighting the ‘Think’ campaign to reduce road deaths and serious injury. The MPS are urging the public to be aware: • Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents • In 2009, 4,187 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor • The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph • Motorcyclists make up only 1% of motor traffic, but account for 21% of all deaths on British roads MPS Police Officers have been conducting stops and issuing tickets to those committing traffic offences like speeding or using a mobile phone whilst driving. This has given the Officers opportunity to interact and educate motorists about road safety. It is hoped that the stronger Police presence has heightened both the motorist’s and pedestrian attention and awareness which may reduce further incidents. PS Steve Allen of CO15 said,” The number of collisions in Lambeth has caused us concern hence the Metropolitan Police’s ongoing action throughout May to raise awareness. The community has been affected by these incidents but can play their part by educating the young, looking after the elderly and vulnerable and taking extra care on and around the roads. This will lead to a reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in RTC’s in the borough of Lambeth.” Insp Nicholas Fallowfield said, “This has been a welcome and important operation to educate the public of the risks of inappropriate driving and to enforce these standards to reinforce the message. CO15 and Lambeth SNTs have worked hard to ensure this message has been received by as many people as possible in the most accident prone locations. This is necessary to reduce the risks to our public and to improve overall safety in the borough.” Safety advice and further details of the ‘Think’ Campaign can be found at http://think.direct.gov.uk/index.html Drive to suit the conditions of the road In some road conditions, even driving at the speed limit could be too fast. Factors that affect road conditions include fog, rain and traffic flow. The national speed limit is not a target speed. Driving too fast for the conditions is bad driving Driving too close to the car in front, undertaking and failing to signal are widely accepted as examples of bad driving. However, some drivers fail to accept that driving too fast is also poor driving despite the fact that this is a contributory factor in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year. Consider the consequences of causing an accident due to driving at excessive speed If you cause an accident you will have to live with the emotional consequences of deaths or injuries caused to others. Don’t assume it’s safe to break the speed limit on rural roads because there is less traffic or an open road ahead Be aware that there may be unexpected hazards, such as blind bends, vehicles coming out of junctions and animals on the road. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences. Speed limits are there for a reason.

Murder Appeal

June 02, 2011 10:42
 
Detectives from Trident are appealing for witnesses and information following a murder in Clapham Road, near to Stockwell underground station. Police officers patrolling in the area heard shots fired in Clapham Road, SW8 near to the underground station at 23:30hrs on Tuesday 31 May. A 25-year-old man received gun shot wounds and was taken to a south London hospital. He was pronounced dead at 00:29hrs. He has been formally identified as Sadiq Adebiyi, 25, from the Stockwell area. Next of kin has been informed. A post-mortem will take place in due course. At this early stage it is believed the victim was standing in Clapham Road on the pavement directly outside Richardson Court when he was shot. A dark coloured motorcycle carrying two men wearing dark clothing and helmets crossed Clapham Road from the direction of the Stockwell Gardens Estate. Following the shooting the motorcycle left the scene at speed and was pursued by a marked police van, which was passing at the time, into Binfield Road. Officers arrested a 19-year-old man in Battersea a short time later. A 21-year-old man was arrested in Battersea this morning (Wednesday 1 June.) They remain in custody at south London police stations. Detective Chief Inspector Neil Hutchison, Trident, said: "I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to come forward and speak to the police. "I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the motorcycle travelling at high speed towards the Battersea area. The police van pursued the motorcycle into the Patmore Estate. "I believe there were two suspects on the motorcycle at the time and that one of the suspects got off somewhere in the estate. When police stopped the motorcycle they arrested the 19-year-old rider. I would like to hear from anyone who saw a person getting off a motorcycle in the Patmore Estate shortly before midnight on 31 May." Trident would also like to stress that witnesses who are fearful can be protected and provided with anonymity in a court case. Trident has extensive experience in witness protection and anonymity and has used it successfully on many occasions. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the incident room on 020 8247 4553 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
An Anti-Social Behaviour order (ASBO) has been granted for two years by Camberwell Magistrates Court preventing the 50 year old women from entering any NHS dental or medical premises within Greater London. This unusual ASBO against the female from Herne Hill, SE24 was granted by the Court on Monday 23 May. The court heard that the women’s chaotic behavior included numerous incidents of abusive, threatening and intimidating behaviour towards both staff and patients at various locations in Lambeth and Southwark. Lambeth Borough Police worked in partnership with staff from King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH), South London & Maudsley NHS Trust (Slam) and Lambeth Council to obtain the ASBO after the female refused all other options of support offered. The women, who cannot be named for legal reasons will still be entitled to emergency treatment and pre-planned appointments but will be required to behave appropriately at all times. King’s College Hospital Police Liaison Officer PC Graham Alldus said, ‘The female has frequently evaded criminal justice due to her chaotic behaviour. However with the support and participation of staff from SLaM and KCH she will now be criminally liable for any breaches of the ASBO and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.’
The Metropolitan Police have started to Tweet on a corporate Twitter feed. We are proud to already have 1300 followers. This account has been set up so that news item and appeals published on the MPS website will automatically be sent out to our followers. Updates will also be sent out automatically when a new video is published on our YouTube channel. Tweets in the last 24 hours have included advance warning that the Deputy was on a BBC London phone in and updates from the MPA meeting. Find us at @MetPoliceUK.
Lambeth Police Sergeant Graham Norman working in partnership with an organisation called Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) will be hosting a ‘ROC Conversations’ evening on Wednesday 25 May at Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Northside at 7.30pm to discuss the needs and hopes for the community of Lambeth. The evening, held in partnership with the local churches, Lambeth Borough Police and the British Transport Police (BTP), will draw together local residents, community organisations, councillors, and statutory agencies to encourage positive discussion and the expression of ideas that may be built upon with the focus on action and forward movement in partnership. Redeeming Our Communities is a national charity set up in 2004 that aims to be a catalyst for community transformation by promoting partnerships, that creates more opportunities to reduce crime and improve community cohesion. Since 2004 the charity has been building links between churches and the public sector for the good of the community. While there is progress underway for the roll out of ROC in Greater London, the important partnerships links established between churches, the police service and public sector across the Capital is strengthening with the support of the City of London and BTP at senior levels. The first phase launch in the six lead London boroughs of Lambeth, Croydon, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington, Newham and Southwark, together with the City of London is well under way. Debra Green, Director and founder of Redeeming Our Communities says –“the church is a huge untapped resource with many thousands of members who all share a commitment to serve people and communities and already deliver a vast range of community projects from youth work to the care of vulnerable people. This is a great time to be forging partnerships so that people of goodwill can work together towards a safer, kinder community. We have found working with Police forces across the UK has proved to be a partnership which significantly benefits people and communities.” Rt Revd Paul Williams, Bishop of Kensington, agrees that the partnership has been fruitful, he says – “ROC has a vital resource to offer our churches: expertise in forming multi-agency partnerships that can deliver real change and safer communities. With Christians working alongside the police and other community groups to address some of our urban problems, ROC projects can be truly transformational!” PS Graham Norman the deputy faiths lead for Lambeth Borough Police comments; “The timing for the ROC launch in Lambeth couldn’t be better. At a time when the police and local services are facing unprecedented cuts, the Church steps up and asks “what can we do to help?” with no other agenda other than being true to it’s belief in helping the needy and loving their neighbour (their community). The Church already provides essential services to the community, but ROC takes this a step further by coordinating those services and building on them in partnership with statutory agencies.” All churches in mid- Lambeth (i.e. Clapham, Brixton and Stockwell) are encouraged to attend. Further meetings for churches in North Lambeth and South Lambeth will be held in July and September. For further information contact Sergeant Graham Norman of Lambeth Borough Met Police on 07766134379 who is organising the event.

Protecting personal information

May 20, 2011 10:40
 
The following alert has recently been sent out by Police in Suffolk. It is a reminder to everyone that there are scams running at present by persons determined to gain access to personal information on your computers. It can happen in Lambeth as well as in Suffolk. Police are urging all residents to be cautious when dealing with unknown callers after a young couple living in Grundisburgh received several telephone calls from men claiming there was a problem with their computer. On Friday 6 May the 25-year-old man received a call on their landline number from a man who claimed there were problems with the computer and could he get online immediately. The man realised something was amiss as he was already online and had no problems with the machine. During the call several pop ups came up – including one requesting his bank details. The man thought the whole thing was strange and ended the call. The next day after logging on several screens came up saying there were viruses on the computer. Yesterday, Tuesday 10 May, the man’s partner received a call saying that the computer problems had to be dealt with urgently. He then tried to talk her through doing various things with the computer and then claimed none of these were working and that he felt sorry for her as it was a really serious problem. He then said that the only way to sort it out would be to buy a key – and became very insistent that she give him her bank details. She then realised the whole thing was a scam to get her bank information – and told the man this. He then became extremely abusive towards her so she hung up. She then received a number of calls from different men who were abusive towards her. Thankfully at no stage did she give out any bank or card details. Police are urging anyone receiving such calls never to give out personal information. Please be extremely careful when dealing with any unknown callers, whether they are on your doorstep or on the phone, and think before responding to unsolicited calls or emails. If anyone attempts to get your bank details in circumstances such as these - hang up. If you suspect there may be a real problem with your computer seek help through a genuine local business or your original supplier.

Sharp eyed public secure arrests

May 20, 2011 09:35
 
Over a two week period Lambeth Borough Police Officers made seven arrests for burglary directly due to members of the public dialling 999 to report suspicious behaviour. The public are an integral part of policing and public support is paramount to reduce crime in Lambeth. The recent arrests made in Streatham, West Dulwich and Brixton Hill are testament to this. Anyone interested in joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme please contact Karen Hunn at Community Safety, 205 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Tel: 020 926 2716 or email: KHunn@lambeth.gov.uk or Karen.Hunn@met.police.uk

Sixth arrest for Murder

May 16, 2011 11:43
 
A Sixth teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 15-year-old Temidayo Ogunneye, who died on Wednesday, 11 May. The 15-year-old boy [F] was arrested in the early hours of Monday, 16 May and is currently in custody at a south London police station. Three teenagers have been charged with the murder. [A] Kieron Carew-Donaldson, 18, of SW2, [B] Darius Kwakye, 18, of SE5 and [E] a 17-year-old girl appear in custody at Sutton Magistrates' Court on Monday 16 May charged with: - the murder of Temidayo Ogunneye - two counts of robbery committed on 11 May 2011 On Wednesday 11 May at 16:15 hrs, police and London Ambulance Service (LAS) were called to the rear of Calais Gate, Cormont Road, London SE5 to reports of an injured boy. On arrival officers found a boy who had suffered stab wounds. The boy was taken to a south London hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead at approximately 22:30 hrs. Next of kin were informed. The boy was later identified as Temidayo Fuwad Ogunneye, 15, from Peckham. A post mortem examination at Greenwich Mortuary on Thursday 12 May gave cause of death as loss of blood from stabbing injuries. An incident room has opened at Sutton under Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.
Lambeth Borough Police Officers will be playing their part in a week long initiative to raise awareness and fight homophobia and transphobia on the streets of Lambeth. The initiative starting on May 17, will see police officers from Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT), Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) and Local Policing Teams (LPT) come together to provide additional patrols and provide a strong presence on Clapham High Street area. Officers will be on hand to give advice and support. May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and transphobia also known as IDAHO. This date is very symbolic as on May 17 1990 the World Health Organisation put an end to over a century of homophobia in the medical field, by removing homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Police Constable Eren Bessim of Lambeth LGBT said, “IDAHO day is a day to recognize the fact that people are bullied, mistreated and killed in the world because of their sexuality. It is important to report ANY hate crime that is because of your faith, race, disability and sexual orientation. Any reports will be investigated. By working together we will make our city stronger and safer, bringing criminals to justice.” You can report hate crime to PC Eren Bessim email eren.bessim2@met.police.uk or call 020 7926 2248 . Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Lambeth Borough Police Officers will be playing their part in a week long initiative to raise awareness and fight homophobia and transphobia on the streets of Lambeth. The initiative starting on May 17, will see police officers from Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT), Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) and Local Policing Teams (LPT) come together to provide additional patrols and provide a strong presence on Clapham High Street area. Officers will be on hand to give advice and support. May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and transphobia also known as IDAHO. This date is very symbolic as on May 17 1990 the World Health Organisation put an end to over a century of homophobia in the medical field, by removing homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Police Constable Eren Bessim of Lambeth LGBT said, “IDAHO day is a day to recognize the fact that people are bullied, mistreated and killed in the world because of their sexuality. It is important to report ANY hate crime that is because of your faith, race, disability and sexual orientation. Any reports will be investigated. By working together we will make our city stronger and safer, bringing criminals to justice.” You can report hate crime to PC Eren Bessim email eren.bessim2@met.police.uk or call 020 7926 2248 . Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency. Useful links: www.lambeth.gov.uk/saferlambeth/hatecrime www.galop.org.uk/

Two men charged with murder

May 04, 2011 13:18
 
A man and a 17 year-old boy have been charged with the murder of a 34 year-old man in Herne Hill. [A] Horace Campbell, 27, of Tovil Close SE20 and [B] A male, aged 17, from Tulse Hill, SW2 were both charged on 28 April with the murder of Raymond Mitchell aka Devon Scarlett on 17 April in Marcus Garvey Way, Herne Hill. They first appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court on the 29 April and were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 4 May. Officers were called at approximately 06.50hrs on 17 April to reports of a man shot in Marcus Garvey Way SE24. A man was taken by ambulance to King's College Hospital where he died shortly before 12.30hrs. He was Raymond Sylvester Mitchell, 34, also known as Devon Scarlett, of Croydon. A post-mortem gave cause of death as gunshot wounds. An incident room opened under DCI Gordon Allison (Trident).

Public foil phone robber

April 21, 2011 11:57
 
Patrick Paddyfoote, aged 48years of no fixed address, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment earlier this month at Inner London Crown Court for Robbery. The Court heard that the victim, a 26year old female, had been walking along Bedford Rd, SW4 on the morning of Friday 1 April 2011 on her way to work. As she took a call on her phone, Paddyfoote cycled past and attempted to take the phone from her. A struggle ensued and she fell to the ground. Members of the public came to her aid and surrounded Paddyfoote, detaining him at the scene. Lambeth Borough Police Officers were quick to arrive, retrieving the stolen phone and arresting Paddyfoote at the scene. Detective Constable Melanie Wright of Lambeth Borough Robbery squad said, "This man was convicted as a result of the brave actions of the victim and witnesses at the scene. We may not have this great result without their help. Our community is a much safer place now that this man is behind bars. " Detective Inspector Boitel-Gill said, “The tenacity and courage shown by this victim and the quick actions and determination of passing members of the public have helped to secure a successful conviction against this robber. These community members have helped to make the community safer. I would appeal to anyone who has information about others committing robberies in Lambeth to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Missing 15year old girl

April 11, 2011 16:22
 
Police are appealing to the public to help trace 15 year old Miss Ann-Lucy MOKHOON from Waltham Forest. Ann-Lucy, was last seen at 8:00pm on 4th April 2011 at her home address. She left that night believed to have gone to her boyfriend who lives in Walthamstow however has not been seen since. Ann Lucy may also have contacts in Lambeth ‘SW16‘ area as it is known that her boyfriend’s sister lives there who used to reside in Waltham Forest borough. Police have been to both addresses in Walthamstow and Lambeth however as of yet have not been able to find her Ann-Lucy is of Mauritian national, five foot eight tall, with long dark curly hair. Anyone who has seen Ann-Lucy can contact PC Ken Davies, Misper Unit, Waltham Forest Police on 0208 345 3276
Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a shooting in Stockwell that left a young girl and a man in hospital. Police and London Ambulance Service were called at approximately 21:15 hrs on Tuesday, 29 March to reports of shots fired in Stockwell Food & Wine shop, Stockwell Road, SW9. Emergency services found a five-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man suffering from gunshots wounds inside the shop. It is believed that two black youths ran into the shop shortly before the shots were fired. The youths had been chased from Broom Grove Road, across Stockwell Road, and into the shop by three other black youths on bicycles. Once the youths on bikes were outside the shop, one of them fired shots into the shop front. A five year old girl was shot in the chest and the 35-year-old man was shot in the face. They were both taken to a south London hospital. Their conditions are described as critical but stable. The two youths, who police believe were the intended targets, ran from the shop and chased the three others who were on bikes, running off along Broom Grove Road and into the Stockwell Park Estate. An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton, Trident, on 020 8247 4553. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton said: "This is a terrible incident where an innocent child has been seriously injured. We want to hear from the local community, who might have seen these youths cycling around the estate between 21:00hrs and 22:00hrs. I appeal to those who have information or were involved in this shooting to come forward and assist us with this investigation. These criminals have seriously injured two innocent bystanders and must face the consequences of their actions." No arrests. Enquiries continue. Witnesses or anyone with any information can call the Trident incident room on 020 8247 4553 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The two victims are not related to each other.