Category Archives: Riots Review Panel

Councils too lazy and prejudiced to help small businesses

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Three years after the London riots, with many small businesses still awaiting compensation, in response to our feature about the forgotten residents and businesses of West Croydon, ROD DAVIES argues that our borough council fails to properly serve … Continue reading

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The festering scandal of how London Road has been forgotten

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a week of anniversaries, tomorrow’s of the Croydon Riots reminds us quite how poorly served the people of London Road have been by some working in public service. By STEVEN DOWNES To borrow a phrase, August 8 … Continue reading

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Two years on and who holds Croydon’s police to account?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With the demise of the MPA under Mayor Boris Johnson, police accountability in London is potentially worse now than in the rest of England and Wales. HAMIDA ALI says that the need to hold to account decisions on … Continue reading

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The riots, an assertion of power and our self-serving council

It is two years to the day since the riots hit Croydon, and not only do many of those dispossessed and rendered homeless on that night of infamy remain waiting for government help and compensation, but we still do not … Continue reading

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Council’s Mr & Mrs act that defies proper declarations

The move by Croydon Council to take over the running of the Fairfield Halls has thrown a supertrouper spotlight on some of the interests, and potential conflicts of interest, of leading members of the borough’s Establishment. After all, with senior … Continue reading

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Boris’s latest lies on police and crime figures laid bare

It is a week now since London Mayor Boris Johnson published his police review which confirmed that Croydon, the capital’s most populated borough, is to have all but one of its police stations closed, and this barely 18 months since … Continue reading

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Steve Reed MP: “I’m taking police cuts issue to the very top”

After his first 100 days as MP for Croydon North, STEVE REED is getting on with the job at Westminster, and in Croydon I’ve just finished my first 100 days since I was elected last November. As a new MP, … Continue reading

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Croydon among worst hit boroughs by police station closures

Croydon is one of the London boroughs worst affected by proposals from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to close police stations. According to research conducted by the Green Party’s London Assembly Member Jenny Jones, an additional 107,774 people during … Continue reading

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Croydon’s been left dangling by Boris and council blunderers

8/8 ONE YEAR ON: ANDREW PELLING in his Croydon Commentary reviews of year of inaction, protection of vested interests and massive missed opportunities for the post-riots borough While the Mayor of London promotes his challenge to David Cameron for the … Continue reading

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The menace of the masked mob on the night of riots

8/8 One Year On: As we approach the anniversary of the London riots, we will be publishing readers’ and contributors’ memories of that darkest of nights, their views and  hopes for the future. ANTHONY MILLER, an East Croydon-based comedy promoter, … Continue reading

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“Croydon was on fire and we had to just sit in a car park”

Malcolm Wicks, MP for some of the areas worst affected by the rioting in Croydon last August, has demanded that the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police should hold an inquiry into reports that up to 100 back-up police were left … Continue reading

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Council cover-up fails to hide crucial missed riots meeting

Senior Croydon councillors – including council leader Mike Fisher and London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell – failed to attend a police strategy meeting on the morning of the Croydon riots on August 8 last year to organise and plan to … Continue reading

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Council paid interim’s £1,650 invoices for work on riots report

An “interim” at Croydon Council was invoicing up to £1,650 a time during the period he was working on Croydon’s “independent” report into last August’s riots, Inside Croydon has discovered. An invoice paid by Croydon Council, uncovered by Inside Croydon … Continue reading

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Jon Rouse, Croydon riots, and the crucial missing hours

Jon Rouse, Croydon Council’s £248,000 per year chief executive, was out of his office for a crucial four hours in the late afternoon and early evening of Monday, August 8 last year, just at the time that parts of the … Continue reading

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Retired judge handed £35,000 for chairing riots panel

It seems that at least one of the mates of Croydon Council’s leadership has benefited financially as a consequence of last August’s riots. Official invoices just published show that our council paid a staggering £35,000 to William Barnett for a … Continue reading

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Council leader Fisher in denial over policing the riots

Questions about Croydon council’s leadership’s role in protecting the borough from riots last August are left unanswered after a Town Hall debate, says ANDREW PELLING Mike Fisher, the leader of the ruling Conservative group on Croydon Council, has washed his … Continue reading

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MP Gavin Barwell, statistics and a convenient oversight

Barely one-third of the people of Croydon – 37 per cent – believe that politicians and their council “really care about helping people like me”, according to a survey conducted by the BBC. Such a statistic suggests that the vast … Continue reading

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4 Days in August: Steve O’Connell’s lasting shame?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Met‘s own report into the London Riots last August paints a very different picture of events from that provided by the council’s own “independent” inquiry, revealing a thwarted petrol bomb attack on the police, and that Croydon’s … Continue reading

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The week at Westminster: Barwell backs multi-culturalism

Not exactly a busy seven days in parliament for Croydon’s MPs judging by ANDREW PELLING’s weekly round-up None of our Croydon MPs spoke in the Commons last week and only one participated in the sole vote of the week. It … Continue reading

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Compromised riots report covers up policing problems

CROYDON COMMENTARY: He was an eyewitness to events and has been writing on the riots and their aftermath since about 6pm on August 8. ANDREW PELLING reviews the work of Croydon’s local inquiry published this week The Croydon Independent Local … Continue reading

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The Stephen Lawrence murder case and Croydon’s connection

Gary Dobson and David Norris were today found guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, 18 years after the black teenager was stabbed to death near a south London bus stop. The judge will pass sentence at the Old Bailey … Continue reading

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“Police have moral duty to give 8/8 evidence” Paddick says

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats’ Mayoral candidate for London, today strongly criticised Croydon police. Having rounded on the Met’s handling of the situation generally that led to Croydon’s riots on 8/8, Paddick, a former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Met, … Continue reading

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Council says it applied for riot aid, but refuses to say when

Stirred by Inside Croydon‘s report yesterday that our council (which claims “Efficiency is in our DNA”) had not yet got round to filing an application for £10 million in government funding for riot-affected areas, the council’s press office swung into … Continue reading

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More scepticism about the role of the riots’ non-inquiry inquiry

All right, so it is in The Grauniad, the must-have accessory of every left-leaning commuter on the 8.16 from East Croydon. But a piece by Alison Benjamin in yesterday’s Society section (yes, the one with all the local government jobs … Continue reading

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Minister complains as council fails to claim £10m riot grant

Croydon’s recovery from the devastating 8/8 riots has been held back by Croydon Council failing to apply for millions of pounds in government grants. That is the shocking revelation given by the Reeves family at the national inquiry into the … Continue reading

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