Category Archives: Policing

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

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Andrew Fisher, Boris Johnson, Broad Green, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon BID, Dave Stringer, Fairfield, Jason Perry, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, New Addington, New Addington North, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Police make arrest in South Norwood murder investigation

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Jamie Gilbey have made an arrest. According to a Metropolitan Police statement issued at lunchtime today, a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has been taken to a south London police … 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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E-scooters’ ‘risk of significant harm’, says Assembly Member

Pedestrians and road users in Croydon and across the capital are “at risk of significant harm” from the illegal use of electric scooters, according to a Member of the London Assembly today. Unmesh Desai was responding to the release of … 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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Woman arrested after four boys die in Sutton house fire

A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after two sets of twins, all boys, aged three and four, were killed in a fire in a house on Collingwood Road, West Sutton last night. The children were … Continue reading

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Bailey under fire for staging his own illegal Tory Party party

Questions are being asked about which Croydon and Sutton Conservatives attended their mayoral candidate’s lockdown-busting ‘raucous’ Christmas shin-dig. By WALTER CRONXITE There have been calls for Shaun Bailey to resign as chair of the London Assembly’s police and crime committee … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Neil Garratt, Policing, Shaun Bailey | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Andrew Stranack, Boris Johnson, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon South, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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Murder investigation after 14-year-old killed at West Croydon

A 14-year-old boy died in hospital after being stabbed in a fight on the streets of West Croydon last night. The boy is the 27th teenaged fatality from knife crime in London in 2021, the worst death toll of this … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Brittain, Broad Green, Crime, Knife crime, Policing, West Croydon | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Woman ends silence to report rapist father to Croydon police

After carrying a victim’s burden for decades, a woman who was sexually abused by her father when she was a child has waived her right to anonymity to show others “justice is always possible”. Sarah Mo says she was first … Continue reading

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Police looking for man in connection with two bus arsons

The Metropolitan Police has released a photograph of a man they want to question in relation to two arson attacks on buses in south London, one of which gutted the entire top deck, causing more than £200,000-worth of damage. That … Continue reading

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Nothing to see here: police back down over Palace banner

As the old saying goes, tweet in haste, repent at your leisure. Croydon’s police are certainly repenting that tweet they sent out on Saturday evening after Crystal Palace’s match against Saudi-owned Newcastle United, following a backlash from fans who reminded … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Brittain, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon South, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Policing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Met Police score spectacular own goal over Saudi banner

Palace fans’ group accuses the Premier League of choosing ‘money over morals’ on £300m Newcastle takeover deal and doing ‘business with one of the world’s most bloody and repressive regimes’ Croydon’s police invited scorn and ridicule on Saturday, when they … Continue reading

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No arrests made in murder hunt after Birdhurst Road shooting

The police have repeated their appeals for witnesses following the murder of Leroy Mitchell in South Croydon at the start of this month. Nearly two weeks have passed since Mitchell, 35, was shot in a car park after attending a … Continue reading

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Croydon one of 19 town centres to get extra ‘beat Bobbies’

Croydon, Bromley, Brixton, Lewisham and Kingston are among 19 town centres around London that are to get additional police officers on the beat, the Met announced today. The capital is to get an additional 650 police officers who, the statement … Continue reading

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Police appeal for witnesses after shooting in South Croydon

A man was murdered in the early hours of Saturday morning. The incident took place at a private house party in South Croydon where the man, named by police as Leroy Mitchell, was shot dead by someone carrying a gun. … 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

Posted in Bensham Manor, Crime, Croydon Council, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Manju Shahul Hameed, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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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Tributes paid to Croydon’s, and UK’s, first black policewoman

Tributes have been paid this week to Sislin Fay Allen, Britain’s first black woman police officer, who has died, aged 83. Allen had served as a nurse in Croydon’s Queen’s Hospital before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1968. Her first … 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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Brick by Brick use police to remove New Addington residents

Only “frantic calls” to the local MP and councillors managed to get the police to stand down from “horrifying scenes” in New Addington this morning, as a council official colluded with staff from Brick by Brick to have residents removed … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Kola Agboola, New Addington, New Addington Residents' Association, Policing, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments