Category Archives: Knife crime

17-year-old pleads guilty to the murder of Jermaine Cools

The teenager who stabbed to death 14-year-old Jermaine Cools on London Road, West Croydon, in November 2021, yesterday appeared at the Old Bailey where he entered a guilty plea. Cools was the youngest of five Croydon teens that were killed … Continue reading

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Lives Not Knives Christmas lunch, Centrale, Dec 19

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Murderer given 28 years for ‘barbaric’ killing of Shirley teen

The “barbaric” killers of Croydon teenager Camron Smith were yesterday handed lengthy sentences by a judge at the Old Bailey. Smith, 16, was unarmed and in his underwear when subjected to a “frenzied” attack, stabbed a total of eight times, … Continue reading

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Two found guilty of viciously stabbing Shrublands teen to death

Romain LaPierre was yesterday found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murder of 16-year-old Camron Smith, who was brutally stabbed to death in his own home on Bracken Avenue, on the Shrublands Estate in Shirley, in July 2021. LaPierre … Continue reading

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

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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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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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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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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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Oasis to convert Ashburton Lodge into Zaian youth centre

Working in partnership with a major schools academy trust, Croydon’s Labour councillors have stepped in to halt the sale of a park lodge in order to use the building as a youth centre in memory of 15-year-old Zaian Aimable-Lina, who … Continue reading

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Police make arrests in Zaian Aimable-Lina murder investigation

The police have named the victim of  Thursday night’s fatal stabbing in Ashburton Park as 15-year-old Zaian Aimable-Lina. A post-mortem examination conducted yesterday gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart. The police arrested another 15-year-old … Continue reading

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Another teenager’s tragedy as boy killed in Ashburton Park

30 The number of teenagers murdered on the streets of London in 2021 – a record death toll in the age group, after a 16-year-old was killed in Hillingdon last night 4 The total of Croydon teenagers killed through knife … Continue reading

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16-year-old arrested in Jermaine Cools murder investigation

The police have made an arrest in the investigation into the murder of 14-year-old Jermaine Cools at West Croydon on November 18. Cools was the third teenager to be killed in a knife crime attack in Croydon in 2021, one … Continue reading

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Police seeking witnesses to Selhurst stabbing in broad daylight

There was another stabbing in broad daylight on the streets of Croydon yesterday. On this occasion, the victim was able to make it to hospital with the help of the police and London Ambulance Service and is expected to recover … Continue reading

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Tories try to make crime pay by misleading over figures

Croydon’s Conservatives have shifted up a gear in their campaign efforts ahead of next May’s local elections, but WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, has been fact-checking their latest video nasty Inside Croydon’s loyal reader has probably already twigged that there … Continue reading

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Met Police’s Town Centre Team has started its new beat

Extra police officers were out on the streets of central Croydon today, as the Metropolitan Police launched the first set of “Town Centre Teams” to try to reduce levels of crime. The Croydon team comprises of one inspector, two sergeants … Continue reading

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Council axes its annual grant to flagship Legacy Youth Zone

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest casualty of the council’s financial mismanagement The Legacy Youth Zone, a flagship development of Tony Newman’s Labour council, built with £3.25million capital investment from the Town Hall, is to … Continue reading

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Be a hero to stop youth crime says ex-Chelsea star Canoville

Paul Canoville, Chelsea’s first black player, has been named as the first ambassador of Fearless – a new youth service from the charity Crimestoppers. The announcement has been made less than a week since the murder of 14-year-old Jermaine Cools … Continue reading

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Family of murdered 14-year-old speak out: ‘We forgive them’

The family of 14-year-old Jermaine Cools, who died on Thursday night after being stabbed in a fight near West Croydon Station, has spoken out for the first time since the incident to say that they forgive their son’s killers. Jermaine … Continue reading

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Family ‘devastated’ by murder of 14-year-old Jermaine Cools

The Metropolitan Police has named the victim of Thursday night’s fatal stabbing in West Croydon as Jermaine Cools. The 14-year-old died of multiple stab wounds after presenting at a south London hospital shortly after 7pm that night, following a fight … Continue reading

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