Lambeth Borough Police Officers and the Police Cadets joined the West Indian Association Service Personnel (WASP) to march in a remembrance  on Sunday 30 October.

The march honours the memory of all the black services personnel who served and gave their lives for this country.

During the first and second World War, over 10,000 West Indians served with the British Forces, before being disbanded in 1946.

Several thousand West Indians served in the Royal Air Force. There were also 80 West Indian members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).


The march began at 12pm at Max Roach Park, SW9 and ended at Windrush Square, where invited VIP guests and Chief Inspector Patrick Beynon gave a short talk and  honour salute.


Chief Inspector Patrick Beynon said “It is a privilege for me to be invited to join today’s march with the West Indian Ex –Servicemen’s Association. It has particular relevance especially as it is Black History Month, to honour the many thousands of black service personnel who have served and continue to serve our country. “

Lambeth police is inviting residents in the borough to attend a public exhibition about important changes proposed to Brixton police station.


The exhibition will take place at Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ, on Tuesday, 25 October 5 - 8pm.


As we know policing in Lambeth has changed significantly in recent years and the time has come to review our custody arrangements.  There has been an aspiration for several years to upgrade and update our existing custody facilities but for one reason or another, these plans have not reached fruition. There is now a desire on the part of both the MPS and the MPA to press ahead with a significant custody upgrade.


An important part of this includes looking at custody arrangements. 


At present, there are 30 cells for the whole borough, which is not always sufficient. Custody cells in Lambeth are also split across three locations – this means the existing police facilities are not used as efficiently as they could be and officers often have to spend additional time travelling between the various sites. 

According to the traditional custody model, all sites also need 24/7 staffing regardless of the number of detainees held, which means the police could be using its resources more efficiently. 


To address these issues, to improve the service locally, and to help make Lambeth generally safer for all residents, it is proposed to extend custody provision at Brixton police station.


The public exhibition has been organised to give local residents and other interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposals and ask any questions before a planning application is submitted to Lambeth Council later this Autumn. 

Details about the proposals will also be available on

People can also find out more or comment until 28 October by writing to;

Brixton Custody Extension
Frank O'Neill House
4th Floor Communications Unit
43-59 Clapham Road
London, SW9 0JD

or sending an email to

Operation Reclaim

October 19, 2011 12:47

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson today, Wednesday 19 October launch a major crime busting day with officers around the capital cracking down on uninsured drivers.


One thousand MPS officers will be disrupting criminal activity by targeting uninsured drivers and seizing hundreds of vehicles in London.


And in a graphic warning to rogue motorists Commissioner Hogan-Howe and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, are using a pile of crushed cars to demonstrate the consequences of being uninsured.


In a coordinated series of operations across the capital, the MPS is targeting those drivers who are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, five times more likely to be involved in collisions and less likely to have vehicles in a road-worthy condition.


This action follows a commitment by Commissioner Hogan-Howe to target criminals and disrupt their activities.  


Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "This is the first of the operations I have asked for where officers across the Met will spend a dedicated day on a regular basis targeting uninsured drivers and those believed to be connected to crime.


“We know from experience approximately eight per cent of uninsured drivers are criminals. They’re also more likely to be involved in crashes and have unsafe cars so we’re taking this action to make London’s roads safer. 


"Driving without insurance is an offence and this operation will seize the cars of those who ignore the law, while reclaiming the roads for London's responsible and law abiding drivers."


The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Operation Reclaim is designed - quite literally - to deliver a crushing blow against crime. Bernard Hogan-Howe demonstrated its success in Merseyside where crime fell by 40 per cent and this new push in London shows how serious we all are about making the city safer.


"Criminals are being given the opportunity to come and collect theirs cars and face arrest or simply watch their vehicles get crushed. I'm confident this day of action is one of many new effective measures the Commissioner is enforcing to bring down crime in the capital and he has my full support."


Leading today’s operation, Commander Steve Watson from the MPS added: “The majority of uninsured drivers are also habitual criminals. Those engaged in criminality will use vehicles to transport themselves across London and beyond to commit crime. They will also use vehicles to carry weapons, drugs and stolen property. This initiative brings our officers into contact with criminals and, through the robust enforcement of the law, disrupts their offending and enables us to bring them to book.


“Uninsured drivers are also five times more likely to be involved in collisions and so this initiative will also help to make the roads safer. Driving without insurance is an offence which actually affects everyone. The reality is that everyone who does insure their vehicles has to pay a significant premium to cater for those who can’t be bothered - this is simply unacceptable.


“Our message to uninsured drivers is to get it sorted immediately. Otherwise we will seize your vehicle and prosecute you - it’s just a matter of time.”


Today’s activities come under the MPS Operation Reclaim initiative which was originally launched in 2007. The operation will be a sustained campaign to target uninsured drivers to disrupt criminal activity and improve the safety of London’s roads.


Roadside check points using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) will be deployed at a number of locations, while officers across the capital will be actively pursuing uninsured drivers using fixed cameras or routine number plate checks.


Uninsured vehicles will be immediately seized and potentially destroyed, while offenders will be prosecuted. The penalty for driving a vehicle without insurance is six penalty points and a £200 fine, and can even lead to a driving ban. In 2010 the MPS seized 34,000 vehicles and prosecuted thousands of people.


To highlight the consequences of not insuring vehicles, a small selection of seized and crushed cars will be on display in Horse Guards Parade, Westminster this Wednesday afternoon.


Neil Drane, Head of Database Services at the Motor Insurers' Bureau [MIB] said: "It's great to see the Metropolitan Police using their resources to target uninsured drivers in London at this time.


"A campaign like this sends a strong message to unlawful motorists that uninsured driving will not be tolerated by making enforcement action highly visible. Police roadside enforcement remains a significant threat to offenders and has a massive impact in keeping our roads safe. 


"MIB is committed to supporting police forces across the UK and helping them to disrupt criminality on our roads."


Driving without insurance is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. Officers can use powers under Section 163 of the Road Traffic Act to stop vehicles to check whether they are being driven with the correct insurance and driving licence.


According to the Motors Insurers’ Bureau uninsured drivers increase other drivers’ insurance premiums by £30. They are also five times more likely to be involved in road collisions.


To find out more, or to report dangerous or illegal road users, visit


It is estimated there are 255,000 uninsured vehicles in London - approx 8.6% of all the cars in the capital. In the UK it is estimated there are 1.2 million uninsured vehicles out of 34 million vehicles.


In 2010 the MPS seized 34,000 vehicles of which 11,000 were destroyed.


According to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau:-


·        There are about 34 million vehicles on UK roads, of which four per cent are not insured at any one time.


·        One in three (34%) of all uninsured drivers are under the age of thirty.


·        Research by MIB found that one in ten of 18-34 year-old drivers are unaware that car insurance is a legal requirement.


·        The annual cost of uninsured driving - about £500 million - is paid by all honest motorists to a value of about £30 per insurance premium. About 23,000 people are injured and 160 people killed by uninsured and untraced drivers every year.


·        Research shows that uninsured drivers are five times more likely to be involved in road collisions, to fail to comply with other road traffic requirements and to be engaged in other criminal activity.


·        About 30,000 claims are made to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) each year for accidents caused by uninsured drivers and those that leave the scene.

Is your vehicle locked?

October 19, 2011 11:53

Lambeth Borough Police have received reports of theft from vehicles, where there has been no sign of forced entry and the victims have locked their vehicle.

Criminals are using devices to block the remote signal from the key fob to the vehicle, allowing them access.

Always check that your vehicle is locked and valuables are not left on display.

Autumn Nights

October 17, 2011 10:11

With Halloween and Bonfire Night around the corner, Lambeth today Monday 17 October 2011, commences its seasonal crackdown on crime and anti social behaviour.


With both these events approaching, the focus of the MPS will be on ensuring the safety of our communities throughout this period.


Commander Christine Jones said: "We are here for London and to help make sure that everyone can enjoy the festivities and stay safe.


“All 32 London boroughs have a local plan in place, drawing together experience and successful tactics from previous years as well as managing planned events in their areas, focusing our resources in the right places and working closely and continually with our partners and communities. 


"I would like to stress that our operations are not aimed at demonising young people, the large majority of whom behave safely and responsibly. However, those intent on committing crime and anti social behaviour will face the consequences.


In the period leading up to half term, schools officers have been reiterating safety tips to young people ahead of the festivities.


Officers are carrying out after school patrols at key locations, such as busy transport hubs and patrols to disrupt potential involvement in robbery, violence and other criminal activities which impact our neighbourhoods.


They will also be using screening arches as well as wands as part of wider detection tactics to deter the carriage of weapons and will take part in test sale operations with Trading Standards regarding the sale of fireworks, alcohol and over the counter weapons.


Boroughs will receive central support for their operations, including mobile phone units that will be deployed in response to particular threats. This additional support is controlled and directed from the MPS Central Command Complex [one of the three MPS 999 centres].


All Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will be patrolling at key times in town centres and transport hubs.


In addition the MPS Safer Transport Command, funded by Transport for London [TfL], is running concurrently Operation Safebus, an intensive two week operation to tackle youth disorder on the transport network during the autumn half term and encompassing Halloween and Bonfire Night.


Commander Jones added: "During this busy period, ensure you stay safe by staying with others and try to attend well organised events.


"When you are out, keep your valuables and high value mobile phones out of sight, or leave them at home.


"If trick or treating, be aware of the impact of your actions on others- it may cause unnecessary worry to some of the more vulnerable members of our communities. Wherever possible parents should try to accompany their children.


“If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team or in an emergency always dial 999.


"Do not forget the security of your home. If you are going out for the evening, ensure you have closed and locked your doors and windows and make sure that you leave lights on. The clocks go back on 30 October, so it may be dark before you expect it.”



Key safety advice:


Advice to parents and carers:

Make sure you know where your children are and who they are with

Go with them trick or treating if you can

Keep fireworks in a safe place in the house

Report any anti-social behaviour or concerns to your Safer Neighbourhoods’ Team

Attended organised events wherever possible


Advice to young people:

We want you to enjoy yourselves but won’t tolerate unacceptable behaviour or anti-social behaviour

Ensure you are safe by staying with others

Attend organised events wherever possible

When trick or treating avoid knocking on the doors of elderly or vulnerable neighbours and causing unnecessary worry



Keeping your home secure:


Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes

Make sure UPVC doors are properly locked with a key

Make sure the side and/or back gate is locked

Lock your shed or garage

Make sure that any valuables are out of sight

Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home

Don't leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, windows or your letterbox.


Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing, added: "We want people to enjoy themselves and also to ensure everyone feels safe going about their business and in their communities.

"London remains one of the safest cities to go out at night, but of course you should also employ common sense and be aware of what's happening around you.

"For the minority of people that might cause trouble, this will not be tolerated and the police will be ready to respond, quickly and decisively."

Trident appeal for witnesses, SW4 shooting

October 13, 2011 10:53

A week on from a shooting in Clapham High Street, detectives continue to appeal for witnesses.

On Wednesday 5 October, police were called at approx. 21:40hrs to reports of a male shot just off Clapham High Street. The male had been sitting in a vehicle in Cato Road near the junction with Clapham High Street SW4, when a number of gunshots were heard.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged 33, suffering gunshot wounds. His injuries were treated as life threatening and he was taken to a south London hospital. He remains in hospital but is now in a stable condition.

Detectives from Trident are investigating. There have been no arrests so far. Enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Watling, from Trident said:

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of Clapham High Street/Cato Road between the hours of 20:00 and 22:00hrs a week ago.

“The High Street is a busy place and there will have been many people out for drinks or dinner last Wednesday night. They may have seen something suspicious or witnessed the shooting and are yet to come forward to speak to us. If you saw anything that might help us, I urge you to call the incident room.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call the Trident incident room on 020 8785 8580, or via the new, non-urgent, number 101. If you have would like to be treated anonymously please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Scam operating in SW9 area

September 26, 2011 16:02

Lambeth Borough Officers are warning the public against buying goods from strangers approaching them in the street.


We have received several reports of members of the public being approached in Brixton town centre, by men claiming to be selling goods as they are emigrating abroad.


The victims are shown the goods, most recently a laptop and have handed over cash only to return home to find that the laptop case is empty or weighed down with bottles of water.


If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always question it.

Disorder conviction

September 26, 2011 11:12


Troy McLeod aged 27-years (Dob 19/9/83) of Brighton Terrace, Brixton, SW9 was given 20 month imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 22 September) for burglary.  

The court heard that on 8 August between 1am - 1:30am, around 50 people made their way to the main entrance shutters of the Tesco store. Through force of numbers, they pushed up the metal shutters and barged their way into the store.  Some of the group ran along the front of the store by the check-outs raiding coin boxes from the checkouts, assaulting staff and stealing property.

The looters ran through the shop to the staff area chasing the night duty staff out of the fire exit to escape.


McLeod was found by Police in the staff fire exit stairwell wearing gloves on his hands.


McLeod pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and summing up the judge ordered that the 44 days spent in custody on remand would count towards the final sentence.


DI Denton of Operation Withern comments, "This is a good result. We are continuing to work hard to bring offenders involved in the disorder before the works."




Appeal- Dog attack Kennington Park

September 19, 2011 15:01

The Oval Safer Neighbourhood team is appealing for witnesses to an incident in Kennington Park, SE11 on Saturday 10 September at around 20:30hrs whereby a dog received serious injuries in an attack by two other dogs.


The dogs were not on leads and ran freely towards the dog before attacking, causing severe injuries to the dog’s stomach.


Both dogs were with their owner who then walked off from the park.


The owner is described as a black man, in his late thirties, medium build, with dreadlocks and around 5'9" tall.


The dogs are described as being similar to Staffordshire Bull Terriers. One of the dogs is described as dark brown with a white coloured chest, with the other described as being dark coloured.


Officers are appealing to speak to anyone who has information about the incident, and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who can identify the owner.


I would also like to re-assure visitors to the park that such incidents are rare, but ask that all dog walkers take responsibly to ensure that they keep control of their dog at all times .


Anyone with information can contact the team on 0208 721 3592 or via

email at Alternatively you can contact

Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anniversary Appeal

September 12, 2011 16:13

A year on from the murder of Ricardo Cunha, police continue to appeal for information.


Ricardo suffered a gun shot wound the head at about 23:20 hrs on Saturday 11 September 2010 at his flat in Pondfield House, Elder Road, SE27.


Ricardo and his girlfriend were watching TV in their bedroom when they were disturbed by noises outside. Ricardo went to investigate by looking out of the living room window and was shot.


At the time of his death Ricardo, a Portuguese national, was working as a window cleaner and was well known for his love of Sunday morning football. His family has been left devastated by his death.



Police also appealed in January this year to anyone who recognized an unusual gun which they believe was used to murder Ricardo. The gun, a British-made Webley mark six revolver, is believed to have been produced in 1924 and is in good condition. Police believe that this weapon may have been kept by someone as a keepsake for the war and may have had it taken in a burglary.


Detectives from Homicide and Serious Crime Command, who are investigating, also know that the same gun was fired during an incident on 14 September 2010 in Picton House on the Clapham Park Estate in Brixton. No one was injured in that incident but the gun was found the following day on the Clapham Manor Estate in Brixton. Forensic ballistics identified that this type of gun was used in Ricardo's murder.


Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola from the MPS Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said:


"It is now a year since the Ricardo died and we want the people that have information to come forward. Someone out there knows exactly what happened that night, and they owe it to Ricardo's loved ones to come forward.


"Ricardo was a young man with no criminal past or connections. Despite taking statements from over 200 people who knew Ricardo or who lived near where he was killed, the motive for his murder remains unknown. A reward of up to £20,000 is still available to anyone who can help bring Ricardo's killers to justice."


There have been no arrests in the investigation.


Anyone who has information or can assist police with identifying the gun is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 7214005, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Missing Person Appeal

September 07, 2011 17:02

Police in Lambeth are appealing for help in tracing a woman missing since Monday 5 September.

Jean Iris Ryder, aged 53-years was last seen at her home in Lancaster Avenue, SE27.

Jean was last seen wearing black leggings, grey T-shirt and a maroon jacket.

Jean suffers from mental health issues and may be vulnerable.

Anyone seeing Jean or who knows her whereabouts should call Lambeth CID on 020 8649 2058.
Alternatively you can contact Missing People on 0500 700 700.

Please See Community Safe Website for full details and photograph



A march has been organised by Brixton Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church with support from the Metropolitan Police and community members on Saturday 3 September, to take a stand against gun and knife crime.


starts at noon outside Brixton SDA Church on

Ducie Street. Route: Santley Street, Concanon Road, Acre Lane, Brixton Road, Stockwell Road, Stockwell Park Walk, Brixton Road, Brixton Oval, Windrush Square

‘Be the change’ service at Windrush Square; 13:00 - 14:30

Includes speeches, music and poetry.


We hope to see you there!



September 01, 2011 14:23
DETECTIVES continue to appeal for information following the murder of 18-year-old Nana Darko-Frempong.


On Monday 6 June, officers were called just after 23:00hrs following reports of a male shot outside Purser House, Tulse Hill Estate, SW2.


Police attended and found Nana suffering from gun shot wounds. London Ambulance Service and HEMS attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.


A post mortem examination gave the cause of death as two gunshot wounds.



Witnesses have told police that they heard several gunshots and a vehicle leaving the scene.


Detective Inspector Matt Gosling, said: "This was a brutal murder of an innocent young man who had a bright future.


"Arrests have been made and our enquiries are progressing. However, I believe there are people within the local community who may hold vital information and I would urge them to come forward to help us achieve justice for Nana's family.


"We understand the fear of witnesses in contacting police but Trident has extensive experience in witness protection and anonymity and have used these measures successfully on many occasions."


Any witnesses or anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8247 4554 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Latest Information - Update

September 01, 2011 09:13


The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place over the bank holiday weekend and passed off relatively peacefully. The deployment of 6500 officers to the event in addition to around 4000 across the rest of London played a significant part in keeping the peace over the weekend.

The MPS made a total of 214 Notting Hill Carnival related arrests and a further 51 by British Transport Police. These arrest figures are consistent with previous year’s totals.

In our last few editions we have stated that the general picture across London is one of ‘business as usual’. This continues to be the case but as stated in the last edition we will not be complacent, especially as we have two significant events taking place over the next two weekends: possible activities by the English Defence League following the Home Secretary’s ban on marches through five east London boroughs (see page 2), and the funeral of Mark Duggan.

Disorder Arrests - Update

Operation Withern (the Met’s investigation into the disorder) continues to see outstanding suspects arrested. The latest information on arrests and charges is shown below:

·        2124 total arrests (adult: 1669 / juveniles: 455).

·        1221 people charged (adult: 958 / juveniles: 263)


We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that cases are processed as quickly as possible. A large number of people have appeared in court and while some have already been convicted and received prison sentences, many cases have been remanded to Crown Court.

On Tuesday 30 August detectives from Operation Withern released a further 31 images of people we would like to speak with in relation to recent disorder affecting parts of London.

Our priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. As the detailed and thorough investigation progresses we are issuing photographs of people who were in the vicinity of the disorder and who may be able to help officers with their enquiries.

The images relate to the looting and violent disorder in Haringey and Newham on 7-9 August.

Flickr is hosting the photos so that the public can help the Met identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets.

Anyone who recognises individuals in the photographs or has any information about the disorder or images or footage they would like to share should contact the investigation team on 020 8345 4142. Alternatively anyone can report crime and provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Here are the drop in dates and venues for all tranche four activity for Travel Advice to businesses.  All on the web at this link,


Central Zone And Hyde Park - Cumberland Gate to Serpentine Road

Monday 22 August


Mayfair Library Audley Street, London, W1K 2PB (no step free access)

Wimbledon Parkside to Vauxhall Cross

Monday 22 August


Battersea Park Library 309 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4NF

Central Zone And Hyde Park - Cumberland Gate to Serpentine Road

Tuesday 23 August

16:30 - 19:30

Millennium Hotel 39-44 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HP

Parliament Square to Vauxhall Cross

Tuesday 23 August


Novotel Waterloo Waterloo Suite, 113 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7LS

A301 Kingsway Tunnel to Temple Place And Lambeth Palace Road to Tower Hill

Wednesday 31 August


King's College Great Hall Foyer, Strand campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

A301 Kingsway Tunnel to Temple Place And Lambeth Palace Road to Tower Hill (for businesses)

Monday 05 September


Guildhall Old Library, London, EC2V 7HH

A301 Kingsway Tunnel to Temple Place And Lambeth Palace Road to Tower Hill (for businesses)

Monday 05 September


Guildhall Old Library, London, EC2V 7HH

Central Zone And Parliament Square to Vauxhall Cross

Monday 05 September

16:30 - 19:30

City Hall City Management Suite, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

A301 Kingsway Tunnel to Temple Place And Lambeth Palace Road to Tower Hill (for businesses)

Tuesday 06 September


Guildhall Old Library, London, EC2V 7HH

A301 Kingsway Tunnel to Temple Place And Lambeth Palace Road to Tower Hill (for businesses)

Tuesday 06 September


Guildhall Old Library, London, EC2V 7HH

Wimbledon Parkside to Vauxhall Cross

Tuesday 06 September


Wandsworth Town Library 11 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4AQ

A4 Earl's Court Road to Hyde Park Corner

Tuesday 06 September


The Rembrandt Hotel Elizabeth Suite, 11 Thurloe Place, London, SW7 2RST

Parliament Square to Vauxhall Cross

Wednesday 07 September


The Abbey Centre 34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

Central Zone And A301 Kingsway Tunnel to Temple Place And Lambeth Palace Road to Tower Hill (for businesses)

Wednesday 07 September

16:30 - 19:30

Northumberland House 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY

Wimbledon Parkside to Vauxhall Cross

Wednesday 07 September

16:30 - 19:30

Putney Library 5/7 Disraeli Road, London, SW15 2DR

A301 Kingsway Tunnel to Temple Place And Lambeth Palace Road to Tower Hill (for businesses)

Thursday 08 September


Guildhall City Marketing Suite, London, EC2V 7HH

Central Zone And Hyde Park - Cumberland Gate to Serpentine Road

Thursday 08 September


St Peter's Eaton Square Meeting Room, 119 Eaton Square, London, SW1W 9AL

Central Zone And A4 Earl's Court Road to Hyde Park Corner

Thursday 08 September


St Peter's Eaton Square Meeting Room, 119 Eaton Square, London, SW1W 9AL

Central Zone

Thursday 08 September

16:30 - 19:30

Institute of Directors 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED

A219 Wimbledon Parkside to Wimbledon Venue

Thursday 08 September

16:30 - 19:30

The Wimbledon Club Church Road, London, SW19 5AG

A219 Wimbledon Parkside to Wimbledon Venue

Friday 09 September


The Wimbledon Club Church Road, London, SW19 5AG

A4 Earl's Court Road to Hyde Park Corner

Friday 09 September

16:30 - 19:30

Sainsbury's 158a Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4EJ


Volunteering in Lambeth

August 15, 2011 11:32

Volunteering in Lambeth

 Wednesday 17 August 2011

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall

 Following the many offers of help that the Council has received after the recent public disorder, we would like to get everyone together at a drop in session on Wednesday 17 August between 6 to 8pm at the Town Hall.

 Come along to find out how you can help to support activities in your local community: for example by helping out at a local project for a few hours a week, signing up as a mentor or befriending an elderly neighbour. 

 There will be a chance to speak with others  and discuss local concerns. The community in Lambeth is strong and resilient and by working together we can make a real lasting difference to life in the borough.

 If you can't make Wednesday but want to get involved contact or @lambeth_council on twitter.

 Hope to see you there.

 Donna Wiggins

Community Programme Manager

Active Communities Team

Adults' and Community Services

Phoenix House

10 Wandsworth Road



 telephone: 0207 926 2681

mobile: 07908 236 201

fax: 0207 926 2767




Update re disorder

August 12, 2011 15:39

All our focus at Lambeth remains with providing a visible presence on our street and bringing to justice those responsible for the violence last Sunday. This weekend we have support from external resources and central departments and all leave is still cancelled for police officers and Staff. Officers are being held on 12 hour shifts and this has meant that some aspects of our normal functionality have had to be adapted. The process of dialogue with our communities has begun and Safer Neighbourhood teams have been tasked with a number of engagement tactics targeted at local residents, businesses and key partners.

Please encourage people to contact their SNT via the met police website if they have any concerns or wish to speak to an officer.

Lambeth officers have continued to make arrests and recover property from the disorder on Sunday and a number of arrests and charges have followed. We will be working closely with our partners to ensure that all enforcement measures are considered including tenancy and ASB legislation.

We would like to thank all those who have supported the local community, police and businesses in restoring normality and calm to our neighbourhoods.

Update re Disorder

August 12, 2011 11:10

There has been no disorder since the last update. A significant deployment of police officers remains on Lambeth Borough in addition to local policing resources. The community is responding positively to the disorder by identifying a large number of suspects concerned in criminality and disorder and by volunteering to assist in returning the Borough to normality. Lambeth police has begun a continuing operation to arrest those criminals identified as being concerned in committing offences. A significant number of arrests have already been made and a significant amount of stolen property recovered.

Thursday 11th of August 2011

We are aware of rumours circulating on social networks which are untrue, unhelpful and intended to increase tension between communities. Those involved in the violent disorder and thefts over the past few days are not from any single race, religion or community group. This is unnecessary and we urge people to stop using recent events as an opportunity to cause unrest.
We are pleased to see that communities are coming together as one to reject the scenes of criminality we have seen over the past few days
The police and other authorities are tackling those involved and are taking firm action in order to prevent crime, protect communities and bring those involved before the courts.
Anyone with information should call our incident room on 020 8345 4142. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111

MPS Disorder Update

August 10, 2011 15:45

Please see attached document for disorder update.

Overnight update

August 10, 2011 09:32


Last night London did not see the levels of disorder we saw the previous night. Large numbers of officers on the streets prevented incidents occurring.

The MPS has had the largest policing operation since the start of the disorder. Mutual aid was received from 26 forces across the country. 16,000 officers were deployed over the last 24hrs.

We will continue with similar numbers of officers on the streets of London tonight. This will be reviewed on a daily basis.


The Metropolitan Police Service has now arrested a total of 770 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting. So far 171 people have been charged for a range of offences and we have already started to place people before the courts.  109 prisoners will have been processed through courts overnight. 40 of these have been remanded in custody to appear at Crown Court. 25 of the 109 were juveniles aged 11-15yrs.


The MPS released 20 CCTV images of wanted people. Following this appeal we have already begun to identify the individuals.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the large fire at a furniture store in Croydon. The family-run House of Reeves business was burnt down on Monday evening.

Those involved in criminality should be under no illusion that we will pursue you. We have been making arrests all evening and have a team working during the night examining CCTV images. We will follow up evidence in the coming days in order to bring anyone else responsible for criminal acts to justice.


Officers and staff continue to work long hours at short notice in very challenging circumstances.


We continue to have the plans and resources in place to respond to any further disorder, deal with normal policing across the city and keep Londoners safe.


At 1500 hours today, Commander Rodhouse will be chairing a meeting hosted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The purpose of the meeting is to expand on discussions from a previous meeting with business leaders, as well as seeking feedback on the measures that have been implemented so far. In attendance will be senior representatives from business groups including the Business Retail Consortium, Association of British Insurers, CBI and British Chamber of Commerce, along with Mark Prisk MP, Minster of State for Business and Enterprise, and representatives from London Councils, the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police Authority.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses and information after a murder in West Norwood.

Officers were called to Waylett Place, at the junction with Norwood Road SE27, shortly before 04.15hrs on Saturday 6 August re. a man shot.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Kings College Hospital where he died at 05.33hrs.

He was Daniel Famakinwa, 20 years of Halley Road, Manor Park E12. He was a single man.

A post mortem gave cause of death as a gunshot wound. 

An inquest will open and adjourn in due course.

An incident room has opened at Lewisham under DCI Caroline Goode (HSCC)

DCI Goode said: "We now know Daniel had been out dancing that night with a group of friends and afterwards they were waiting for a bus at the bus stop at Waylett Place and Norwood Road. There was an altercation between Daniel's group and another group of black men who were also waiting at the bus stop which has resulted in Daniel being killed.

"I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to come forward as you may hold significant information.

"We are specifically appealing for a white woman in a checked shirt who was also at the bus stop, and who had no connection to either group, to come forward. She understandably made off at the time but we need her to contact police - she may have vital information.

"I believe there were also a number of black women at the bus stop who fled after the incident, and again we need them to come forward and make themselves known."

Anyone who can assist should call the incident room on 020 8721 4868; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Three men [A/B/C] were arrested near the scene and taken to south London police stations. All have now been eliminated from the inquiry and released with no further action.

Distraction burglary

August 04, 2011 09:22

Distraction burglary is any crime where a falsehood, trick or distraction is used to gain access to a property to commit burglary.

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.


Report any suspicions to the police in an emergency 999 or non emergency 101.

The Metropolitan Police Service is supporting the Lambeth Summer Project for a 24th successive year.

The initiative for school children during their summer holidays, which launches on Monday 26 July, encourages them to become involved in activities they may not have experienced and interact positively with the police.

It is one of the longest-running and largest youth engagement and crime prevention programmes of its kind in London.


This year more than 750 young people, aged from nine to 16 years old, will be participating in the project each day. Four school sites will be kept open and managed by Lambeth police Safer Schools officers, with assistance from Police Community Support Officers. Lambeth local authority is providing youth workers and there will be a significant number of community volunteers.


More than 600 separate activity sessions will take place including sports, outside visits and workshops.


Officers from CO19, the Met Police firearms branch, Operation Trident, Territorial Support Group and Safer Neighbourhoods will be interacting with many hundreds of Lambeth's young people and building positive relationships with the local communities in the borough.

Chief Inspector Patrick Beynon of Lambeth Safer Neighbourhoods said: "Lambeth Summer Project will celebrate its 24th anniversary this year.

"Our successful partnerships with the local authority and other partners have ensured the success of this project for such positive activities for young people.

"Without this project some of the young people involved could become victims or perpetrators of crime and anti-social behaviour. "

For more information on the Summer Project please contact your local Safer Schools Officer by visiting their web page.

Streatham’s High Road will be awash with Carnival sounds and colours on Saturday 23rd July as South Connections Carnival in rainbow costumes, accompanied by Streatham schools and residents in Butterfly costumes parade along it’s pavements in celebration of ONE YEAR TO GO until the Olympic Games.  The Carnival Queen and several sporting characters will be marching along to the sounds of Batuke Samba Band and Ancestral Hand drummers. 


The parade begins at 12 noon from Sunnyhill House on Sunnyhill Road and processes down to Streatham Green where an afternoon of sporting activities including fencing, boxing and judo are taking place until 3.00pm. 


Have a go at giant chess and see if you can win your very own medal in the alternative egg and spoon race!  There’s also music from South London’s finest steel band, Southside Harmonics, stilt walking, street dancing, face painting and balloon modeling, plus information from local organisations, Transition Streatham, Friends of Streatham Green, Streatham Action and the British Home.


Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “Excitement about the 2012 Games is really starting to build, and this is a fantastic way to mark the start of the one year to go countdown. It’s going to be a great day and I’m delighted that Lambeth Council is able to support it.”