update

Brixton Hill / Acre Lane Road Closures

March 22, 2011 15:04
 
All roads are now open in and around the Brixton Hill / Acre Lane area.
There are several road closures in and around Brixton Hill due to a earlier RTC. Affected roads are: Bedford Road junction with Acre Lane. Branksome Place junction with Acre Lane and Brixton Hill/Brixton Road junction with Acre Lane. Buses are aware and have been diverted. Please aviod the area if possible.

APPEAL DETAILS: Can you help?

March 18, 2011 12:20
 
APPEAL DETAILS Police Appeal: Can you help? Lambeth Borough Officers are appealing for information and witnesses to an assault. The incident occurred on Tuesday 15 March at around 21:40hrs on Rectory Grove, SW4. A 26year old female was walking along The Pavement, SW4 towards Rectory Grove. As she was walking past the Fire Station she noticed that a man was following her. She sped up her pace but the man came after her, trying to engage her in conversation. When she made it clear that she did not want to stop or speak to him her assaulted her, causing facial injuries. Members of the public came to her aid and the man then ran off along Rectory Grove in the direction of Larkhall Rise, SW4. The suspect is described as a muscular black man, aged between 20 - 26years, 6ft tall, wearing grey hooded top, black jeans, black trainers and a black woollen hat with a ribbed pattern. He spoke with a London accent. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Constable Matt Carnell who is investigating this case on 020 8649 2119. Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.
John Usher aged 48 of Cedars Road, Clapham SW4 was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday 1 March. This follows his arrest for with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and GBH made by Clapham Town Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT), in partnership with the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) at 4:20pm on Tuesday 10 August. Usher set several fires in a block of residential flats in Okeover Manor Clapham Common North Side, SW4 and assaulted a resident. Police were alerted to the incident after a resident contacted the police and their local SNT to report a man had forced entry to the block. John Usher forced his way into the communal entrance before using a fire extinguisher to force entry to flats. He then started a fire outside a flat on the first floor, before gaining entry to another flat and assaulting the woman occupier. The woman managed to escape, locking him inside. He has then started a fire inside her flat. Police arrived on scene and evacuated the building. Police then forced entry to the burning flat and the Usher was arrested. The London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and treated residents for smoke inhalation.

Six year sentence for drug dealer

March 03, 2011 14:49
 
Robert Lee, aged 42years of Clarence Avenue SW4, was sentenced On Friday 25 February to six years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Lee was arrested by officers from Lambeth Borough Police Omega team on Wednesday 20 October 2010. The officers had observed him dropping a plastic bag through the driver side window of a waiting vehicle in Jemma Knowles Close, SW2. The plastic bag was found to contain nine wraps of crack cocaine. Lee pleaded guilty to six counts of possession with intent to supply. The court also ordered that £4825 in cash seized from Lee be forfeited and given to the Metropolitan Police Service for use in future drug investigations. Detective Inspector Spencer Barnett of Lambeth borough Omega team said, “This sentence sends a clear message that drug dealing and the misery it causes will not be tolerated in Lambeth. We are determined to bring those who peddle drugs on our streets to justice.”

uPVC door - Important Burglary advice

February 09, 2011 12:59
 
uPVC door - Important Burglary advice attached

Vehicle theft scam

February 02, 2011 12:55
 
Theft of Range Rover in Streatham Vale, SW16 Lambeth Borough Police are investigating the theft of a Range Rover which took place in Streatham Vale, SW16. On Thursday 27 January, a black Range Rover Vogue was driving south on Streatham Vale, SW16 when a man standing on the pavement near the junction with Glenister Park Road pointed at the nearside of the vehicle. The driver stopped his car and got out to check the front wheels, thinking he might have a puncture. He left his key in the ignition. The man standing on the pavement beckoned the driver round to the nearside. As the driver checked the nearside of his vehicle, he saw a second man get into his car and drive off down Streatham Vale towards Mitcham. The first man ran off down Glenister Park Road. Police were called and the driver telephoned to activate a tracking device fitted to his vehicle. The vehicle was later found locked and parked about a mile from the scene of the theft. The suspects are described as white men, both about 25 - 30 years of age. They were casually dressed in blue jeans and dark blue jackets. The first suspect spoke in broken English. This is one of a number of similar offences in the area recently, where mainly, but not exclusively, high value new cars have been targeted. There have also been reports of vans being targeted. Police are advising motorists to exercise caution if they are alerted to a problem with their vehicle in similar circumstances, and always to remove keys from the vehicle when getting out. Particular care should be taken not to get out of the vehicle and leave the engine running in vehicles which have a ‘keyless ignition’. DCI Nick Sedgemore said, ‘Beware of getting out of your vehicle without taking your keys.' Anyone with any information regarding this case should contact Lambeth Borough Police Vehicle Crime Unit on 020 8649 2436 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Fraud Alert Website

February 01, 2011 11:08
 
Metropolitan Police Service re-launch website to warn of latest scams to hit the UK!! Officers from the Met’s Operation Sterling have today, 1 February, launched their new scam awareness website in support of Scam Awareness Month. The ‘new look’ re-launched website, named ‘Fraud Alert’ is a one stop shop designed to equip members of the public and businesses with the tools they need to protect themselves against fraud. The MPS would urge anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of fraud to visit the new website at: http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/reporting_fraud.htm For fraud prevention advice please visit: http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/

WARD PANEL TONIGHT! 7PM

January 27, 2011 12:26
 
CLAPHAM COMMON SNT WARD PANEL WILL TAKE PLACE TONIGHT AT LAMBETH ACADEMY, ELMS ROAD SW4 @ 7PM COME AND MEET YOUR LOCAL TEAM! & HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT ANY ISSUES OR CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE REGARDING YOUR LOCAL AREA! For more information about the Ward Panel or directions you can contact Clapham Common Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0208 721 2623.

Burglaries - RODENHURST ROAD, SW4

January 26, 2011 18:20
 
There has been an increase in burglaries along RODENHURST ROAD, SW4. Most of these burglaries are taking place during the day or early evening. We believe that in one instance, they may have been using a car to transport the stolen property. If you see anything or anyone suspicious then call 999. For information, enquiries or crime prevention advice please contact the Clapham Common Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0208 721 2623.

Top 5 items to protect from thieves

January 26, 2011 14:31
 
Please see the attached document which lists the top 5 items, according to immobilise, that thieves are looking to steal. For further information please see the immobilise website. http://www.immobilise.com/index.php Further crime prevention advice can be found on the MPS website. http://www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention/

Useful Contacts @ Lambeth Academy

January 19, 2011 13:03
 
Communications Officer's have been introduced to Lambeth Academy (located along Elms Road, SW4) in order to deal with any issues residents may have concerning the academy or it's students. You will be able to contact this department on : 0207 819 1363 You can contact the officer's directly using the following: Jackie - jackie.ofarrell@lambeth-academy.org 07946 594 614 Sarah - sarah.essaye@lambeth-academy.org 07946 594 626

FREE Event - 07/02/2011

January 18, 2011 14:03
 
FREE TASTER EVENT OPEN TO ALL OLDER PEOPLE IN LAMBETH! 11-3 on Monday 7th February 2011 @ the New Resource Centre, I Headlam Road (off Kings Avenue) SW4 8HP. Buses: 137,355,417 plus 45 & 57 (Poynders Road/Kings Avenue). Please come along to learn something new about keeping healthy and enjoy a buffet lunch! Try the Fit As A Fiddle activity. Relax with Mind & Body Workshop. Free Health Check. Information stalls : Lambeth Health Trainers, Optical Care, Foot Care, Healthy Walks, Oral Health, GLL Lambeth Leisure Services, Lambeth Carers and Lambeth Alzheimer’s Society. If you know in advance you can make it please do book your place! This project is being delivered with DIRECT ROOTS. Call 0207 729 0010 or email info@directroots.co.uk.OR call Age UK Lambeth on 0207 346 6809 to book a place. Please tell us if you have any special dietary or access needs.

Pin Surfing

January 12, 2011 09:41
 
When in very busy public areas such as pubs and clubs, please be aware of PIN SURFERS! This has become a particular problem along CLAPHAM HIGHSTREET but is happening all over London. PIN SURFERS will observe your pin as you pay using your card, watch to see where you put your card once finished and then later steal your card in order to withdraw money from your bank account. * Don't keep the PIN number for your card with you. * Always cover your PIN when paying by card. * Be aware of who is around you when paying by card. * Make sure you put your card in a safe and secure place once you have finished paying. * Keep the emergency number to cancel your cards with you so that you can phone immediately if you have to. Please take care of your belongings! For more crime prevention advice or any queries please contact Clapham Common Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0208 721 2623.

Preventing Personal Theft

January 06, 2011 12:34
 
Pickpockets and thieves are operating in the Clapham area. Being aware of what’s happening around you is the first step in preventing personal theft. 1. Never leave your bags or other valuables unattended. 2. Be discreet with your belongings - displaying expensive jewellery or electronic devices could attract unwanted attention. 3. Carry your bag close to you. If you carry your bag over your shoulder, or on your back, you could be more of a target. 4. If you use a wheelchair, motorised scooter, or are pushing a pram, keep bags containing valuables in front of you. For more information or crime prevention advice please call Clapham Common Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0208 721 2623.

Immobilise

December 23, 2010 09:59
 
Lambeth borough police are encouraging everyone who lives, works and visits Lambeth to register their phones on Immobilise. This ensures that if your phone is stolen and the police recover it that you will get it back. Chief Inspector Pat Beynon said " Police officers are checking the IMEI numbers of all recovered mobile phones and on suspects stopped. Using Immobilise is a quick and easy way of checking if a mobile phone is stolen. I encourage everyone to have their mobile phones registered." Details of how to register your mobile phone are below. www.immobilise.com REGISTER IT TO PROTECT IT Many thousands of mobile phones are lost or stolen each year in the UK. With your help we can make your phone safer and reduce mobile phone crime. The National Mobile Phone Register already holds the details of over 10 million phones. Add your details now to protect your phone and help the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit stop criminals. HELP US REDUCE MOBILE PHONE CRIME REGISTER Register your phone for free at www.immobilise.com It only takes a couple of minutes and it’s completely free. To register all you need is your mobile phone. When you register, you will need to enter your contact details and your phone’s 15-digit IMEI number (this is your phone’s unique serial number). The IMEI number normally appears underneath the battery in your phone, but on most phones it can also be viewed on screen by pressing *#06#. Once you have registered your phone, you will have a better chance of getting it back if it is lost or stolen. REPORT If your phone is lost or stolen, report it to your network operator as soon as possible. To find the right number for your network, call our Immobilise information line on 08701 123 123. Reporting your phone as lost or stolen will enable us to block both your SIM card and your handset, just like a stolen credit card. REUNITE If your phone is recovered you will be contacted and told your phone is safe. Remember the best chance you have of getting your phone back is to register your details, and the more people that register, the more people will get their phones back. www.immobilise.com Information line for lost or stolen phones 08701 123 123.

Motor vehicle crime prevention advice

December 23, 2010 09:28
 
Vehicle crime - protect yourself Did you know that... •Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. If at all possible, leave nothing on view. •NEVER leave valuable items in your car, including sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav. Do you really need all those things you keep in the glove box? •Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen. •Consider fitting anti-tamper screws to your number plate. •Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door. Always •Close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended. •Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy, well-lit area. •Never leave cash, credit cards, cheque book, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car. •Never leave your keys in the car, even for a second - treat them as you would your cash and credit cards. Further crime prevention advice can be obtained from the website www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention. If you have any information on any crime you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
update

*CORRECTION* Postal Scam

December 06, 2010 09:32
 
Apologies but there appears to be some confusion as to old and current information. This scam was shutdown in 2005 and there were recent reports to suggest that it had begun again, however this is not the case. Despite this, in the run up to Christmas please pay particular attention to mail/emails from people that you do not recognise. There are plenty of other scams out there. Sorry for the confusion! Thank You.

Postal Scam

December 06, 2010 08:07
 
Please be aware of the following postal scam: A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911. DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER! It could potentially cost you £315! If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. For more information visit: http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/media-centre/crime-in-the-news/november-2010-crime-in-the-news/crimestoppers-parcel-e-mail-scam-5478547

Vauxhall Bridge, SE1

November 23, 2010 14:24
 
Vauxhall Bridge is currently closed owing to an incident.

Good News Story - Burglar Caught!

November 19, 2010 14:10
 
On Friday 12th November 2010 at 4:30pm Clapham Common Safer Neighbourhood Team responded to an emergency call regarding burglars disturbed at an address on TROUVILLE ROAD. Whilst dealing with the call, officers from Clapham Common Ward, along with Thornton Ward who came to our assistance, sighted a well known burglar loitering at the end of the road. This burglar then ran from police and was chased along ABBEVILLE ROAD before being arrested in BONNEVILLE GARDENS. Upon closer inspection of the area, officer’s later discovered 2 further burglaries had been committed in flats along ABBEVILLE ROAD. When arrested the burglar was found in possession of numerous items from the flats and was subsequently charged with both burglaries.
Bicycles are a very easy target for thieves as they can be discarded or sold as quickly as they can be obtained. More than half of all bicycle thefts take place from an owner’s property. Here are some simple ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime: 1. Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed and keep the door locked. 2. Keep your bike out of public view. 3. If you do need to store your bike outside then secure it to an immovable object. PLEASE NOTE There have also been a number of sheds/garages being broken into on Clapham Common Ward. Please be aware that if you own a shed you have it securely locked at all times, no matter where it is located! There have been reports of break ins to sheds located in rear gardens … just because it’s not in public view doesn’t mean it can’t be a target. For more advice please contact the team! ClaphamCommon.SNT@met.police.uk Tel. 0208 721 2623

Increase in Theft from Motor Vehicle

November 11, 2010 12:37
 
There has been an increase in reports of Theft from Motor Vehicle on Clapham Common Ward. There have been 3 reported this week in HAMBALT ROAD alone. This is mainly happening at night and the most common way of gaining entry to the vehicle is by smashing a window. Thieves will break into cars to steal small items such as phones, SatNavs & money. The easiest way to prevent this is: 1. LOCK YOUR DOORS / SET AN ALARM! It seems obvious but it's the easiest way for a criminal to access your vehicle. 2. DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING ON DISPLAY! Even an empty carrier bag can look tempting to a thief if there is a possibility something may be inside. 3. WIPE YOUR WINDSCREEN! When you remove your SatNav does it leave a visible ring on your windscreen? Make sure you wipe it off before leaving your vehicle. Thieves will often break in to find a SatNav even if they can't see it, the evidence that one has been there is enough to have a quick look. 4. If your glove box is empty then why not leave it open? This way it is clear to see there is nothing valuable concealed and thieves will move on to the next vehicle. If you would like any more advice then contact us! ClaphamCommon.SNT@met.police.uk Tel. 0208 721 2623

Free Micro-chipping Day for pets

November 02, 2010 09:33
 
Lambeth Living in conjunction with the RSPCA has arranged a Free Micro-chipping Day for pets. (Cats and dogs only) This will be at the Central Lambeth Area Housing Office Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill Estate,London, SW2 2HB On Tuesday 16 November 2010 from 4pm to 6pm. Micro-chipping, worming and de-fleaing will be done free of charge. (All donations gratefully received by RSPCA) No appointment required. Please contact 07952 680 522 if you have any queries about micro-chipping.   www.rspca-london-se.org.uk           www.lambethliving.org.uk

Letter Box Burglary

November 02, 2010 09:24
 
In Lambeth there has been an increase in letter box burglary. The perpetrator puts their hand/tools through the letter box and opens the door using the handle from the inside. This provides easy quiet access to the premises. To combat this ensure that you double lock your door. This means a key will be required to open the door, instead of it just opening by using the handle inside. Keep keys in a place all members of the family are aware of to open the doors in case of an emergency, but out of sight of a burglar. If want to know more about Neighbourhood Watch or to set one up contact Karen Hunn Tel 020 7926 2716 or Email Khunn@lambeth.gov.uk. Alternatively go to www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods to find your local Safer Neighbourhood Team who will also be able to help.