Category Archives: Crime

‘Hostile’ crowd threw missiles at police in cruise clampdown

A “hostile crowd of hundreds” hurled missiles at the police last night while they were conducting their operation against “anti-social driving” in Broad Green. As Inside Croydon revealed, 21 vehicles were impounded during the operation, which called on more than … Continue reading

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21 vehicles seized as police clamp down on Valley Park ‘cruise’

Met operation proscribes offence of ‘anti-social driving’, among all the ‘doughnuts’ and drag races staged near Ikea in Valley Retail Park The Metropolitan Police claim that they impounded 21 vehicles in a single night in Croydon on Thursday, in the … Continue reading

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Selhurst allotment-holders are hit by one-man crime wave

WANTED: Do you know this man? The hard-pressed gardeners and veg growers of the Selhurst and South Norwood Allotments have been seeing rather too much of this character since the start of July. They have had regular visits from this … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: Arson land put up for sale at £2m

It is being marketed as a “design and build opportunity”, a patch of land close to the town centre, less than one-fifth of an acre, on the market this summer from the borough’s largest landowners, for a mere £2million. It … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: Risks greater now than in 2011

The key risk factors which led to rioting in Croydon and across the country 10 years ago are “even greater today than in 2011”, leaving London at risk of riots. That’s according to a review by Steve Reed OBE, the … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: ‘I was in real fear for my family’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: On August 8 2011, the night that Croydon burned, photographer JAN PODSIADLY captured some of the scenes close to his home that he witnessed and terrified him, and here, 10 years on, recalls some of the events  Ten … Continue reading

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Croydon riots 10 years on: A decade of missed opportunity

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Croydon riots, an outbreak of disorder that followed similar violence elsewhere in the capital that week in August 2011. Here, local lawyer and community activist MARINA AHMAD says that the government has failed … Continue reading

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Knife crime worsened by lack of hope offered to a generation

Founder of Lives Not Knives charity links latest wave of murders to the impact of austerity and the closure of 100 youth centres in Croydon. By SANJANA IDNANI The founder of a Croydon-based knife crime prevention charity has joined other … Continue reading

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Those in power are enabling a whole culture of racism

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The overt racism that was witnessed following last Sunday’s Euro 2020 penalty shoot-out did not come as any surprise. By SANJANA IDNANI (right) This week, the nation has been shocked by racist abuse directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon … Continue reading

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Police name teenager killed in Bensham Manor stabbing

Council’s cabinet member admits that crime strategy is still being ‘developed’, two years after an out-of-work Labour politician was put in charge of the borough’s ‘violent crime reduction network’ The police have named the second Croydon 16-year-old to have been … Continue reading

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Police in second murder investigation after teen’s stabbing

The police have launched a second murder investigation in Croydon within barely a week, after a teenager stabbed in an altercation in Bensham Manor on Friday died in hospital last night. The victim, who was aged 16, has yet to … Continue reading

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Pair charged with teenager’s murder to appear in court today

Two teenagers are appearing in Bromley Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with the murder of Camron Smith. The police were called to Bracken Avenue in Shrublands at 0.45am last Thursday, where they attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics. They found … Continue reading

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Police make two arrests after Shirley teenager’s stabbing

The police have made two arrests as they investigate the murder of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death on the doorstep of his family’s home in Bracken Avenue on Shirley’s Shrublands Estate in the early hours of Thursday … Continue reading

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Teenager stabbed to death in Shirley as murder figures mount

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a house on Bracken Avenue, Shirley, in the early hours of this morning. It is being reported that the boy is the 20th teenage murder victim in London so far in 2021, … Continue reading

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Crimestoppers offer £10,000 reward to solve 23-year mystery

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information on the disappearance of Carmel Fenech, which happened 23 years ago when she was aged just 16. Carmel Fenech, also known as Carmel Pendry, from Broadfield in Crawley, was reported as missing … Continue reading

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De Zoysa to face Old Bailey hearing over Sgt Ratana murder

Louis de Zoysa, the Norbury man charged with the murder of Police Sergeant Mat Ratana at the Croydon Custody Centre on Windmill Road last September, faces a hearing at the Old Bailey this Friday. De Zoysa, 23, has been in … Continue reading

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Norbury domestic violence charity hit by third burglary in year

By SARAH O’CONNELL On Thursday night, the Cassandra Centre, a charity in Norbury that works with the victims of domestic violence, suffered a break-in and theft of equipment. It was the third break-in at the centre in the last 12 … Continue reading

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Parents of fire-bomb attacker feared terror-style ‘mass killing’

EXCLUSIVE: Owner of business at the centre of terrifying petrol bomb assault claims police failed to act despite repeated threats. By STEVEN DOWNES The man arrested by an armed police operation after a fire-bomb attack against business premises on Beddington … Continue reading

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Croydon business badly damaged in alleged fire-bomb attack

NOON UPDATE: At least three fire engines and an estimated 60 police, including some armed response officers, were called out just after 8.30am today after an alleged fire-bombing attack on a business close to Ikea off the Purley Way. A … Continue reading

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Trading Standards delivers 17th court win against knife crime

A court case brought by Croydon Council Trading Standards against a firm selling dangerous weapons online to children has brought a prosecution and £25,000 in fines and costs against the company. The case, brought against Daventry-based Extreme GB Ltd, was … Continue reading

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Detective who used racist terms in computer games is sacked

Croydon-based detective Neil Buckmaster has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police and placed on a blacklist following a disciplinary hearing last week that found he had used racially offensive terms while playing computer games, which he even uploaded on to … Continue reading

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Police and agencies stage clampdown on scrap merchants

Waste sites in Croydon and across south London and into Kent got a surprise early knock on the door from Environment Agency officers working with the British Transport Police, Kent Police, the Joint Unit for Waste Crime and Openreach, all … Continue reading

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Fines, arrests and car seizures as police lockdown on ‘cruise’

For a second successive week, the Metropolitan Police were out in force last night at Valley Park, off the Purley Way, in a crackdown on the high-speed motor “Croydon cruise”. The police said that they stopped hundreds of people and … Continue reading

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Detective faces hearing over ‘racially offensive’ game names

The Metropolitan Police will hold a disciplinary hearing next week into the conduct of a Croydon-based detective, who it is claimed used “racially offensive nicknames” when playing computer games. Detective Sergeant Neil Buckmaster will “answer allegations that his conduct amounts … Continue reading

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Police break up illegal high-speed ‘cruise’ in retail park

The Metropolitan Police were out in force last night at Croydon’s Valley Park to take action in dealing with what has become a weekly “cruise” meeting. The gathering of often high-powered cars and motorbikes, attracting crowds of spectators, has been … Continue reading

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