Category Archives: Crime

Second fatal stabbing on Addiscombe street in a month

Police are investigating the second murder on an Addiscombe street in less than a month, after a man was stabbed to death on Alpha Road just after 9pm last night. Two other men were treated for stab wounds in hospital, … Continue reading

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Harris Federation schools come under ‘vicious’ cyber attack

At least nine Croydon schools, including four large secondaries, have been affected by a malicious ransomware cyberattack this week, forcing them to shut down IT systems, email servers and even switch off their landline phone networks. The Harris Federation, which … Continue reading

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Dog owners warned thieves operating in South Croydon

Dog owners in South Croydon have been warned to be vigilant while out walking their prized pooches, after tell-tale signs suggesting that thieves may be operating in the area were found by gardeners at a local church. Plastic ties fixed … Continue reading

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Organisers cancel South Norwood ‘Reclaim These Streets’ vigil

Organisers of a vigil this evening at Norwood Junction say they have abandoned their plans “with a heavy heart”, following yesterday’s High Court ruling that banned an event being held at Clapham Common to protest against violence, following the abduction … Continue reading

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Nearly 1,000 catalytic converter thefts in borough in 2020

Official police figures published today show that Croydon is the second worst-hit borough in London for catalytic converter thefts, while the number of arrests for the crime remain “pitifully low”, according to a London Assembly Member. Crime stats show that … Continue reading

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Police claim zero robberies in West Croydon during special op

The Metropolitan Police have today claimed that there were no robberies in West Croydon for a whole month while Operation Cleveland was being conducted. The operation, with increased officers on the streets and more stop-and-search, began on Monday, February 8, … Continue reading

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Croydon’s ‘crime capital’ to get share of Mayor’s £6m fund

London Road, which one council-appointed official described today as “Croydon’s crime capital”, is one of eight areas in the capital to receive a share of £6million-worth of new funding from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit. The Violence Reduction … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan announces further £30m to tackle London crime

In the midst of what he called “huge financial challenges”, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today announced a further £30million investment in policing to ensure that more than 1,000 Met officers will continue to patrol the streets of the capital … Continue reading

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Police make 28 drug- and violence-related arrests in one week

More than 200 people were stopped and searched and 28 arrests were made in the past week, as extra police took to the streets of West Croydon as part of Operation Cleveland, in the aftermath of the spate of knife … Continue reading

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Police launch stop and search operation in West Croydon

Croydon police have today launched Operation Cleveland, with an increased presence of officers on the streets around West Croydon “carrying out high visibility foot patrols to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour”. The move comes after the outbreak of knife attacks … Continue reading

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Police begin murder inquiry as ‘senseless’ stabbings continue

Croydon police yesterday began a murder investigation into the events that led to a man in his 20s dying from knife wounds after a stabbing in Selhurst on Friday night. Yet even as senior officers were reassuring MPs and council … Continue reading

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One dead and 10 stabbings in Croydon night of savagery

Unconfirmed reports suggest a turf war between south London gangs could be behind the outbreak of violence on Croydon streets last night, with too few police to prevent such deadly incidents In a couple of hours of unprecedented savagery in … Continue reading

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We need urgent return to real community policing in London

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It was Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police, who said that ‘the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval’. Assembly Member CAROLINE PIDGEON, pictured right, says that there’s a … Continue reading

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Elderly and vulnerable warned over covid jab scam message

Senior council figures have today issued an urgent warning to all residents to beware a new, covid-linked phishing scam which insidiously targets the elderly and vulnerable in an attempt to steal money from their bank accounts. The scam sends a … Continue reading

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Axed! Retailer hit with £19,000 fines for under-age online sale

The council’s Trading Standards department has secured another prosecution against a business selling potentially a dangerous weapon to a child. The latest conviction was brought against a Manchester firm that sold an axe online to a 13-year-old. It saw Topline … Continue reading

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Commissioner orders council to answer FoI over libel threats

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A year-long struggle with the council has revealed the possibility that Jo Negrini was breaking the law when using the Queen’s solicitors in a failed attempt to have news reports removed from this website The Information Commissioner … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Crime, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Niro Sirisena, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Woman charged with murdering her son worked for council

The mother of two-year-old Kyrell Matthews, who died at his Thornton Heath home in October 2019 after suffering 39 fractures, had been employed by Croydon Council… working with children in care. Inside Croydon has confirmed that Phylesia Shirley was a … Continue reading

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Facebook offers fans tools to deal with ‘battleground of hate’

Facebook recently launched Take A Stand – an action-led initiative to empower fans to call out discrimination wherever they see it. Together with Kick It Out, football’s leading anti-discrimination charity, they spoke to fans from clubs across the English leagues … Continue reading

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New leader Ali blames covid for crime report that is a year late

CROYDON IN CRISIS: On crime figures, ‘some are going up, some are going down’, according to the newly elected leader of the council, who has failed in a legal duty to deliver a community safety plan. KEN LEE reports Whichever … Continue reading

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New leader Ali is set to confront ‘shocking’ council finances

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After winning a Labour group selection battle by 22 votes to 19 over Alisa Flemming, Hamida Ali tells her supporters ‘the hardest graft ever is about to start’. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Hamida Ali has no … Continue reading

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Newman ally Ali tipped as favourite to be council’s new leader

WALTER CRONXITE on the lacklustre contest among Labour councillors to become the Town Hall’s new chief Croydon Council should have a new leader as soon as tomorrow night. But the appointment looks as if it could present the borough with … Continue reading

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Rugby mates rally round to get SPOTY honour for Ratana

Matt Ratana’s rugby mates are rallying around to get the murdered Croydon police officer honoured at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Thousands of rugby players from across the south-east, including members of Old Walcountians, where Ratana … Continue reading

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Council backs down over plans to license 15,000-people rave

Croydon Council has dropped its application for a licence to stage a rave, potentially with as many as 15,000 people, on Purley Way playing fields. The council had submitted the licence application to the local licensing body – Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Dogged trading standards sniff out under-the-counter tobacco

Trading standards officers from Croydon Council, with essential help from a four-legged friend, have confiscated thousands of cigarettes and other tobacco products from three shops suspected of selling counterfeit and illegal goods. The trading standards officers were assisted by specialist … Continue reading

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Walcountian clubmates offer their tributes to shot policeman

The police sergeant killed at Windmill Road custody centre in the early hours of Friday has been named as Matt Ratana, a 54-year-old with 30 years’ service in the Met and who was just weeks away from taking retirement. Ratana … Continue reading

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