Category Archives: Crime

Grandson of Thornton Heath murder victim appears in court

The Metropolitan Police last night charged Verushan Manoharan, 31, with the murder of his own grandmother. The victim has been named as 89-year-old Sakunthala Francis, who was found with fatal stab wounds at home on Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, at … Continue reading

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Charity warns of street collecting scam abusing their name

Lives Not Knives has received complaints of harassment and aggressive fund-raisers passing themselves off as volunteers for the charity in Bristol, Nottingham, Brixton, St Albans and Kings Cross A Croydon-based charity that works to reduce youth knife crime has been … Continue reading

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89-year-old murdered in Brigstock Road and three stabbings

A murder investigation is underway following the death of a 89-year-old woman at Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, on Tuesday. The incident was one of at least four stabbings in Croydon on Tuesday. According to Scotland Yard, the police were called … Continue reading

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Cult Church of Bling wound-up over ‘suspicious’ operations

A Croydon-based church which worked closely with local Tories – and even got close to Boris Johnson – has been shut down after Charity Commission and Insolvency Service investigations found ‘suspicious or incorrect accounts’. By STEVEN DOWNES SPAC Nation has … Continue reading

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Man arrested as police investigate Mitcham Road death

“Life will never be the same again”, for the family of father-of-five Stewart Grainger, the cyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run collision on Mitcham Road last week. The Metropolitan Police have named Grainger, 49, from Crawley, as the victim … Continue reading

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Police drugs raid closes High Street and roads in town centre

Dozens of police, some believed to be from specialist drugs units, descended on Katharine Street this morning in a raid on dealers suspected of operating in the town centre. Some residents were evacuated from flats overlooking the High Street as … Continue reading

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Police appeal for witnesses after cyclist killed in hit-and-run

A cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run collision in the early hours of this morning near the BP petrol garage on Mitcham Road. Metropolitan Police detectives are appealing for witnesses. The police were called to the scene by the London … Continue reading

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Cut It Out tackling knife crime event, Selhurst Park, Jun 1

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1,000-year-old church’s plea for stolen cross and candlestick

The vicar and parishioners of the oldest church in Croydon have made a plea for the urgent return of two pieces of brass work – a cross and a candlestick – which were stolen from St Mary the Blessed Virgin … Continue reading

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The Tories’ record on policing numbers does not add up

Crime is an important issue in Croydon’s council and Mayoral elections. Or at least it should be. ANDREW FISHER polices the claims of the competing camps, and adds some essential context Policing matters. The amount of violent crime is higher … Continue reading

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Police say dead man’s injuries may have been ‘self-inflicted’

The Metropolitan Police have announced that they have stopped treating the death of a man in Addiscombe on Thursday as a murder case, and the three men that they arrested have been released on bail. The dead man, now said … Continue reading

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Murder investigation under way after Addiscombe stabbing

Three men were arrested last night as the police began a murder investigation after a man was found dead in Leslie Grove Place, off Cherry Orchard Road in Addiscombe. It is the third violent knife crime incident in the borough … Continue reading

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Bussetti found guilty over his ‘disgusting’ Grenfell video

Paul Bussetti, the South Norwood man who posted a “disgusting” and “abhorrent” video of a Grenfell Tower model on social media, has been given a 10-week suspended jail sentence after admitting his crime. Bussetti, 49, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ … Continue reading

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Customs’ dogs sniff out £500,000-worth of illegal tobacco

Croydon Council trading standards team and HM Revenue and Customs have used specialist sniffer dogs to track down and seize illegal tobacco worth more than £175,000. Officers recovered 270,600 illegal cigarettes and 14.8km of hand-rolling tobacco from a storage facility … Continue reading

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London Road cordoned off after latest knife crime attack

Photos by LEE TOWNSEND Another day, another stabbing in Croydon. London Road in West Croydon was cordoned off by police as a crime scene this morning after reports of the latest knife crime incident. On this occasion, the victim, a … Continue reading

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Police make arrest in South Norwood murder investigation

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Jamie Gilbey have made an arrest. According to a Metropolitan Police statement issued at lunchtime today, a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has been taken to a south London police … Continue reading

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Mr Motivator gets Oasis pupils moving in Zaian fund-raiser

While Croydon Council flogs off one park lodge on the cheap today, tomorrow a charitable foundation with property assets worth nearly half-a-billion pounds will be staging a fund-raiser in another park to get the money to pay for the purchase … Continue reading

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Murder inquiry in South Norwood park linked to missing man

The police have launched a murder investigation in South Norwood – even though there has not yet been any formal report of a body being found. A crime scene was put in place last night in South Norwood Country Park, … Continue reading

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Primary issues warning over approaches outside school gates

Parents and guardians of children at Croydon primary schools have expressed deep concern after some received a warning letter from a headteacher. The head’s email warned of “two serious incidents” that occurred not far from their school, in South Croydon, … Continue reading

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We need serious solutions to tackle the capital’s crime crisis

A Labour front-bench spokesman was told this week that his suggestion to ‘name and shame’ recreational drugs users was ‘nonsense’. In his latest column, ANDREW FISHER looks at his party’s recurring problems when they try to flex their law and … Continue reading

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Halls of shame: Butler and Scott referred to council legal chief

CROYDON LABOUR IN CRISIS: Leading figures in the council’s financial crash failed to declare any interests before taking part in vote against calling in the police to investigate possible fraud at the Fairfield Halls. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Labour councillors … Continue reading

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£20,000 reward offered to solve 33-year Lee Boxell mystery

Crimestoppers have today offered a £20,000 reward for information which could finally solve a missing person’s case that goes back 33 years. Lee Boxell was 15 years old when he disappeared from near his home in Cheam in 1988, never … Continue reading

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Brazen Butler at centre of new storm over Fairfield Halls fiasco

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A leading figure among those who failed ‘to do their jobs responsibly, honestly and legally’ voted against calling in the police to investigate possible fraud in the £67.5m arts centre refurb. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The decision … Continue reading

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£67m fraud at Fairfield: Town Hall row over calling in police

CRISIS SPECIAL: The council’s most senior legal official wants to check the £70m Fairfield fiasco for fraud, but the borough’s Labour councillors don’t want to call in the police, yet their leader says she has already reported it to the … Continue reading

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Police declare Coulsdon house a crime scene after man’s arrest

A house in a quiet Coulsdon cul-de-sac has been declared a crime scene following the arrest of its owner on Sunday. In a statement issued to Inside Croydon, the Metropolitan Police say that the arrest follows allegations of historic child … Continue reading

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