Category Archives: Crime

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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Police in shock after officer killed at Croydon custody centre

A murder investigation is underway after a police officer was shot and killed at the Croydon custody centre on Windmill Road in the early hours of this morning. The shooting happened at 2.15am and involved a man who had been … Continue reading

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Air ambulance flies in after knife fight at Therapia tram stop

The London Air Ambulance flew in to deal with a victim of a knife fight which began on a tram or near the tram stop at Therapia Lane on Sunday afternoon. A teenager was treated for a shoulder wound, an … Continue reading

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Met Police suffers £1bn ‘daylight robbery’ from Tories

The capital is being “ludicrously short-changed” by the anti-London Tory government, after it received as much as four times less funding from the government’s Safer Streets scheme than smaller regions of the country with lesser amounts of crime, according to … Continue reading

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Charity launches helpline for those affected by hate crime

National charity Stop Hate UK has introduced a 24-hour helpline dedicated to supporting residents affected by hate crime. Hate crimes are when people are targeted because of their disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other form of … Continue reading

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Police receive complaint after Wellesley Road #BLM incident

Croydon Police are dealing with a complaint after a violent incident on Wellesley Road on Friday in which a young black man was chased and restrained by at least eight officers after a brief chase. The Police say that no … Continue reading

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Police are ‘enduring a challenging period’ during lockdown

Croydon’s police are “enduring a challenging period”, and face a busy weekend with officers being deployed in central London for tomorrow’s Black Lives Matter demonstration, as well as two similar events planned in the borough itself. That’s according to a … Continue reading

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Croydon ‘takes a knee’ for George Floyd – and for Seni Lewis

Around a hundred people gathered outside Croydon Town Hall this morning to “take a knee” and show solidarity with the worldwide Black Lives Matter campaign and calls for justice for George Floyd. Floyd died in Minneapolis just over a week … Continue reading

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Police investigate ‘heritage crime’ on park’s Victorian dinosaurs

Police are investigating damage to one of the 170-year-old, Grade I-listed dinosaur statues in Crystal Palace Park, believed to have been caused by acts of criminal vandalism, and which has been described as “shameful behaviour”. The Friends of Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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One arrest after six SPAC Nation houses raided by police

Police yesterday made their first arrest over serious allegations of fraud made against some leading members of the SPAC Nation evangelical church – “the Church of Bling” – as was first reported by Inside Croydon last year. The arrest of … Continue reading

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Gloucester ‘suitcase murder’ victim was schoolgirl in Croydon

Phoenix Netts, the 28-year-old woman whose body was found in two suitcases in the Forest of Dean, was originally from Croydon. Her body was discovered near a quarry last Tuesday, May 12, after police stopped two people on the A4136 … Continue reading

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Plain-clothed police to patrol hospitals to protect NHS workers

The Metropolitan Police is sending officers on foot patrols around hospitals and hospital car parks in Croydon, Sutton and Bromley. As well as officers in uniform, the police will be using plain-clothed officers in this operation. The move was announced … Continue reading

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Vandals ‘trash’ South Norwood clubhouse for fifth time

ANDREW SINCLAIR on another bitter set-back for a local sports club Croydon Football Club’s premises at Croydon Arena in Albert Road, South Norwood was broken into on Friday – the fifth break-in at the non-league team’s clubhouse in a year. … Continue reading

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Council worker stole £128,000 in a year from fostering funds

A council employee has been caught swindling Council Tax-payers of tens of thousands of pounds, this time depriving fostered children of the care they needed so that she could fuel her drug habit. Stephanie Standen, from South Croydon, stole more … Continue reading

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They survived world wars and riots. They can survive Westfield

Leading Croydon businesses, who have been trading for more than 150 years, are angry at the ‘complete dereliction of duty, mismanagement and incompetence in every single aspect’ over the non-development of the town centre. And they offer some prospect of … Continue reading

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Responding to violence, Met Police, Town Hall, Feb 25

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Mayor’s millions helping Palace Foundation tackle youth crime

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, visited Selhurst Park yesterday to see for himself some of the impact the investment of public money from the Mayor’s Young Londoners’ Fund is having through mentoring schemes and school holiday activities at Crystal … Continue reading

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Knife Crime Seminar, Croydon Town Hall, Feb 20

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London Minister Philp to hold urgent meeting on SPAC Nation

Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South and the government’s Minister for London, is to hold an urgent meeting over the activities of the controversial cult-like church SPAC Nation with Steve Reed, Labour’s Croydon North MP. Top of the … Continue reading

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‘I’m covinced SPAC Nation is a cult. They exploit the young’

Here is the full transcript of the speech given by Croydon North MP Steve Reed OBE in the House of Commons adjournment debate on SPAC Nation on Wednesday STEVE REED: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this important … Continue reading

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