Alert Box launched in Lambeth

April 14, 2011 09:11
Alert box, a new security technology which enables Lambeth shopkeepers to send notifications to each other about potential security alerts has been launched in Streatham this week. The system establishes a digital network linking businesses together; allowing them to alert neighbouring retailers to known criminals spotted operating in their area. The system is simple to use and acts as like an electronic Neighbourhood Watch helping tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB), criminal activity and improve relationships between businesses. Sixty participating businesses in Streatham have been issued with a stand alone ‘Alert Box’ unit that plugs into a mains socket behind their shop counter. The alert box allows staff to send a warning about suspicious or threatening behaviour Or they can press the red button if they require help. This alert message, which includes the sender’s contact details, is then immediately received by all the neighbouring businesses who are participating in the scheme. According to the circumstances of the alert, the neighbouring shopkeepers can then respond; this could be contacting the sender for more details, or by calling 999 on the sender’s behalf. The scheme has been introduced by the Metropolitan Police Service and Lambeth Council after other boroughs including Southwark, Hackney and Ealing reported that the system: • improved local confidence in police • improved sense of personal safety amongst shopkeepers • reduced ASB • reduced reported crime • improved police engagement with small businesses • improved relations between shopkeepers in diverse communities Inspector Nick Fallowfield of Lambeth Borough Police said, "This is an excellent new system which enables small shopkeepers to help and reassure themselves against minor incidents of anti-social behaviour. By pressing a button their fellow shopkeepers will be able to provide immediate support and reassurance if someone is concerned at all for any reason. This is proven to work elsewhere and I look forward to supporting its successful implementation in Streatham. I must thank our local councillors and Lambeth Council for making this possible. I will also add that it does not replace the requirement to call police where appropriate."

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

Fatal collision Woodgate Drive, SW16

April 08, 2011 11:53
On Friday 8 April at 09:45am, Lambeth Borough Police were called to a road traffic collision (RTC) on Woodgate Drive, SW16 near the junction with Streatham Vale. A lorry was involved in a collision with a woman pedestrian. London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended the scene and pronounced the women dead at the scene. Police have arrested a man for causing death by dangerous driving. Police are investigating. Road closures are currently in place in Streatham Vale and traffic is being diverted.
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.

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.

Four year sentence for sexual assault

March 07, 2011 15:38
On Monday 1 March 2011 Jarred Hanson, aged 21years was sentenced to four years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court, for a serious sexual assault. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely. The court heard that on Monday 25 Jan 2010 the victim, a 21 year old student, was returning home from college, to her address in Valley Road, SW16. As she approached her flat, she could see a car was parked almost outside her address with a man sitting in the driver’s seat. She thought nothing of this and made her way inside her home. After a short time her doorbell rang, however on answering it no one was there. The bell sounded again a short time later and as she made her way to the front door she could see a figure standing on the other side of her frosted glass panel. As she opened the door, a black man wearing a balaclava, pushed his way into her flat. She screamed as loud as she could and tried to push past him to run out into the street however, she could not get past. A struggle ensued and the victim was held in a choke hold as the man sexually assaulted her. He suddenly loosened his grip and she fell toward the floor. He then casually walked out of the front door. The victim alerted police. Lambeth Borough Police identified Hanson through DNA recovered from the scene. DC Deano Carlin of Lambeth Borough Police said, “Despite the weight of forensic evidence against him, Hanson still pleaded not guilty, putting the victim through what must have been a distressing trial at Court. I am pleased with this result. Lambeth Borough Police will continue to work tirelessly to ensure individuals like Hanson are caught and brought to justice making Lambeth a safer borough for all”.

Public Meeting

February 23, 2011 18:38


Find out about your Safer Neighbourhoods Team and let us know how you want us to police your neighbourhood.

Disorder, vandalism, graffiti, street drinking, status dogs and dog fighting, anti social behaviour; Do any of these issues affect you?

  • What: Public meeting - Ward Panel Meeting
    When: Wednesday 9th March 2011 - 19:30 - 20:30
    Where: Sainsburys Cafe, 482 Streatham High Road opposite Streatham Common

The Safer Neighbourhoods programme gives you a team of police dedicated to your local area. This team includes a Sergeant, two constables and two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Their role is to work with the community and local authorities to reduce crime and disorder and deal with the local issues that affect people’s quality of life.



Contact your Streatham South Safer Neighbourhood Team: -

Tel: 0208 721 2628   Mob: 07920 233834

Robbery Hermitage Path

February 23, 2011 18:33

On Monday 14 February 2011 at about 3pm a 68 year old female was walking from ACACIA ROAD to ELLISON ROAD, cutting through HERMITAGE PATH. As she reached ELLISON ROAD, a black male wearing a dark bomber jacket, blue jeans and a dark hat, pulled her black leather handbag from her shoulder. He ran off towards WOODMANSTERNE ROAD.

The bag contained a passport and a large quantity of £20 notes.


Did you see this male?

Do you know anyone who has come into a large quantity of £20 notes?

If you have any information about this incident, please contact TDC Simon Thomas on 020 8649 2449 quoting CRIS 1205276/11.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111

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.

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. Further crime prevention advice can be found on the MPS website.


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. 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 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. 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 If you have any information on any crime you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Vauxhall Bridge, SE1

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

Vehicle Crime Rise in the Vale

November 05, 2010 22:17
Overnight on the 3rd to Thursday 4th November a car was broken into in Abercairn Road - it appears the offenders were trying to steal the vehicle having entered by breaking a window and then trying to hotwire the car by removing the cowling. When they failed to start the car they left taking a SATNAV. Nearby in Donnybrook Road, a grey Piaggio ET2 moped index T553KGN was stolen from outside the address during teh same time period. Lastly just after 9pm on Thursday 4th November, a gold Gilera Runner Moped index LK03DFU was stolen from outside Mantlett Close. If you know anything about these incidents please call your Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020-8721-2628 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111. Please do not leave valuables in your car. And even if you leave your motorbike or moped for a short time make sure you lock it with a good lock to a secure fixed object.

Girls charged re. Robbery on Streatham Common

November 05, 2010 21:29
Following an incident on Streatham Common on the 4th November 2010 whereby a school girl was robbed of her mobile phone, the Crown Prosecution Service authorised Lambeth CID to charge two female teenagers with robbery - both girls were bailed to attend Balham Youth Court on 10th November 2010.

Robbery on Streatham Common

November 04, 2010 23:30
At approximately 1630 hours on Thursday 4th November a school girl was robbed of her mobile phone on Streatham Common. Two female teenagers have been arrested. If you were on Streatham Common at the time of the incident and have any information that may assist the investigating team please call the local safer neighbourhood Police team on 0208-721-2628 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111

Ward Panel PUBLIC Meeting

November 03, 2010 18:22
Please do come and discuss your local priorities with the Streatham South Safer Neighbourhood Team. If you want the team to deal with an issue then this is your opportunity to raise it and have it discussed. If we don't know about your issues we won't take any action and will prioritise other issues instead. What: Public meeting When: Wednesday 10/11/2010 - 19:30 - 21:00 Where: Ward Panel Meeting - Sainsbury's Cafe, 480 Streatham High Road opposite Streatham Common

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. 

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 Alternatively go to to find your local Safer Neighbourhood Team who will also be able to help.

Streatham Test Purchase Operation

November 01, 2010 17:19
On the evening of Friday 22nd October 2010 the A23 Team, working in partnership with Lambeth Trading Standards in Streatham conducted a test purchase operation. This followed information and concerns received that alcohol was being supplied to young people under the age of 18 years. Two test purchasers aged 16 years were asked to enter alcohol licensed premises, and attempt to buy alcohol. They were instructed to say they were 18 years old if asked, but did not carry identification to prove this. Officers kept them under observation to identify any person who sold alcohol to them. Fourteen premises were visited, 2 bars, 6 pubs, and 6 off-licenses. Of the fourteen, the test purchasers were served in two pubs, and a further two sales were made to them by two off-licences. The A23 team issued £80 penalty notices for disorder to the staff who sold the alcohol. The Designated Premises Supervisor for each premises, and person responsible for alcohol sales, was contacted, and informed. They were made aware of the Lambeth borough three strikes policy. If there are three major concerns, a major concern would include an under age sale, then Lambeth Trading Standards would consider asking for the alcohol licence to be reviewed. A review could lead to a licence being revoked. Police Constable 917LX Jim Else who organised the operation said, "This operation shows that most venues are acting within the terms of their license and are trading within the law. However, there are some unscrupulous venues, who will sell to underage children. The A23 Team will continue to work with partners to promote a vibrant and disorder free night time economy in Streatham."
If you live in Kempshott Road and want to be part of this Watch - its an opportunity to get to know some of your neighbours, meet Helen the Street Co-ordinator and collectively moan at your Police team. We don't bite, and would love to listen to you. You could do some shopping afterwards or make an excuse to those waiting at home for you that the meeting ran late and roll over into one of the local pubs! What: Public meeting When: 29/10/2010 - 19:00 - 20:00 Where: Neighbourhood Watch Promotion, Sainsburys Cafe, 482 Streatham High Road opposite Streatham Common

Burglaries - Churchmore Road

October 25, 2010 12:13
During the early evening period on Saturday 23rd October 2010, two burglaries occurred in Churchmore Road. The offender used tools to break into the properties. If you saw anything strange or untoward please contact us. Neighbourhood Watch is a proven method to deter crime in residential areas. If you would like to set up or join your local Neighbourhood Watch please contact the team on 020-8721-2628 or e-mail - it is not onerous and does not take up much time but is a good way of getting to know your neighbours and building a stronger community. If you would like advice regarding how you can protect your home and property, please contact the team on the same details above.

Road Safety in Lambeth

October 16, 2010 15:18
Road Safety in Lambeth Improving Road Safety is a ward priority for Metropolitan Police officers from Lambeth Borough Streatham Wells Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) led by Sergeant Steve Jones. In partnership with CO15 - Traffic, the SNT hosted an ‘Exchanging Places’ Operation on Streatham High Road, SW16 (A23) opposite Streatham Ice Rink on Friday 1 October from 2pm until 7pm. Cyclists and other members of the public were given the opportunity to sit in the cab of a large lorry to experience the problems that lorry driver’s may have in seeing other road users, particularly cyclists. This also raised awareness of the importance of wearing bright reflective clothing and using lights. Cyclists are reminded that it is also important for them to obey the Highway Code and road traffic law. Regular complaints are received by police about cyclists contravening red traffic lights and cycling on footpaths, putting themselves and other road users at risk. Lambeth Borough Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be issuing fixed penalty notices to cyclists committing these offences. Inspector Nicholas Fallowfield (Streatham and Norwood Safer Neighbourhoods) said, "This initiative is aimed at reducing those hurt by traffic collisions and especially those riding bicycles. Many people do get hurt so this is a good time to listen to the advice being provided and to ensure your own safety, and that of your family and friends, is looked after." On 14th October, Sergeant Jones, himself a former Traffic Officer and a colleague from the South West Traffic Garage at Hampton, PC Nicki Olyott attended a one day Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) event held in Kennington in partnership with Lambeth Council Road Safety and staff and pupils from the borough’s primary schools. There are 20 primary schools with Junior Road Safety Officers in Lambeth. Schools appoint two or more JRSOs who are usually from year five or year six. Their activities range from: organising poster competitions, taking assemblies and running quizzes to working alongside borough Road Safety Officers to remind parents of the dangers of parking on the yellow zig-zag lines outside schools. The JRSO’s were given an opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with a fully marked and operational traffic pursuit car and use for themselves the laser speed detection guns recently funded by Lambeth Council for use by Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Team officers. Sgt Jones said, “One of the road safety issues highlighted by the JRSO’s today was that cars speed in the roads around their schools. SNT officers will now have the capability to deal with these offenders robustly by way of Fixed Penalty Notices - a £60 fine plus three penalty points on their driving licence. We look forward to working closely with our schools to address this and other road safety issues.” More information for cyclists can be obtained from the internet by visiting and clicking on ‘cycling’. Further information on our traffic section is available from: See our "Exchanging Places" cycle safety video on you tube. search for "Met Police Service lorry" For information on how to get your school involved in the JRSO scheme contact Norma Fender on 020 7926 0332 or email