Category Archives: Policing

Hayward promoted to investigate Regina Road scandal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A controversial former Labour council leader is promoted and given a possible £40,000 pay rise by Hamida Ali in the latest round of musical chairs at the Town Hall. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Sarah Hayward has been … Continue reading

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Dog owners warned thieves operating in South Croydon

Dog owners in South Croydon have been warned to be vigilant while out walking their prized pooches, after tell-tale signs suggesting that thieves may be operating in the area were found by gardeners at a local church. Plastic ties fixed … Continue reading

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Organisers cancel South Norwood ‘Reclaim These Streets’ vigil

Organisers of a vigil this evening at Norwood Junction say they have abandoned their plans “with a heavy heart”, following yesterday’s High Court ruling that banned an event being held at Clapham Common to protest against violence, following the abduction … Continue reading

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Police claim zero robberies in West Croydon during special op

The Metropolitan Police have today claimed that there were no robberies in West Croydon for a whole month while Operation Cleveland was being conducted. The operation, with increased officers on the streets and more stop-and-search, began on Monday, February 8, … Continue reading

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Croydon’s ‘crime capital’ to get share of Mayor’s £6m fund

London Road, which one council-appointed official described today as “Croydon’s crime capital”, is one of eight areas in the capital to receive a share of £6million-worth of new funding from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit. The Violence Reduction … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Crime, CVA, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Steve Phaure, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mayor Khan announces further £30m to tackle London crime

In the midst of what he called “huge financial challenges”, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today announced a further £30million investment in policing to ensure that more than 1,000 Met officers will continue to patrol the streets of the capital … Continue reading

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Police make 28 drug- and violence-related arrests in one week

More than 200 people were stopped and searched and 28 arrests were made in the past week, as extra police took to the streets of West Croydon as part of Operation Cleveland, in the aftermath of the spate of knife … Continue reading

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Police launch stop and search operation in West Croydon

Croydon police have today launched Operation Cleveland, with an increased presence of officers on the streets around West Croydon “carrying out high visibility foot patrols to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour”. The move comes after the outbreak of knife attacks … Continue reading

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Police begin murder inquiry as ‘senseless’ stabbings continue

Croydon police yesterday began a murder investigation into the events that led to a man in his 20s dying from knife wounds after a stabbing in Selhurst on Friday night. Yet even as senior officers were reassuring MPs and council … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Brittain, Broad Green, Coulsdon, Crime, Hamida Ali, Knife crime, Policing, Selhurst | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

One dead and 10 stabbings in Croydon night of savagery

Unconfirmed reports suggest a turf war between south London gangs could be behind the outbreak of violence on Croydon streets last night, with too few police to prevent such deadly incidents In a couple of hours of unprecedented savagery in … Continue reading

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London’s blue light services team up in battle against covid

London’s blue-light services have this week forged a partnership like they have never needed before, with officers from the Metropolitan Police and crews from the London Fire Brigade driving ambulances and assisting medics to help boost the emergency response to … Continue reading

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We need urgent return to real community policing in London

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It was Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police, who said that ‘the ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval’. Assembly Member CAROLINE PIDGEON, pictured right, says that there’s a … Continue reading

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Police make arrest in murder inquiry over sergeant’s shooting

England’s rugby players paid tribute at Twickenham yesterday to Matt Ratana, the rugby-playing police sergeant who was shot dead while on duty Croydon in September. The emotive gesture came the day after the police announced that they had arrested a … Continue reading

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New leader Ali blames covid for crime report that is a year late

CROYDON IN CRISIS: On crime figures, ‘some are going up, some are going down’, according to the newly elected leader of the council, who has failed in a legal duty to deliver a community safety plan. KEN LEE reports Whichever … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Knife crime, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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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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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Conservatives’ anti-London policies have put Bailey in the dock

Covid-19 forced the postponement of the London elections in May. Now, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports, with candidates dropping out and the dire performance of the Tory candidate, the capital is destined to endure the ‘forgotten election’ So … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 London elections, Boris Johnson, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Rory Stewart, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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Pressure on Negrini to take a pay cut like Mayor Khan

By PAUL SPALDING London Mayor Sadiq Khan is to cut his own pay by 10 per cent as part of his response to the financial crisis brought on by coronavirus. Khan said he was taking an immediate reduction to his … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Policing, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Tony Newman, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Crime, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Policing, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Missing Person Appeal: Have you seen Whitby’s Peter Brown?

The family of Peter Brown, from Whitby, North Yorkshire, have made a public appeal for information about his whereabouts, as they believe he may be one of the homeless people homed in Croydon during the covid-19 crisis. Peter Brown’s wife, … 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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Eyewitness: I saw man climbing the crane. I was scared for him

An eyewitness has told Inside Croydon of the terrifying incident when they saw a man climbing a construction crane hundreds of feet above the ground on a building site in the centre of Croydon. The man eventually came down from … Continue reading

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Croydon MP Jones given new beat in Starmer’s opposition

Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, will continue as a shadow minister after all, as Sir Keir Starmer, the new leader of the Labour Party, included her in his junior appointments last night. But Jones is moved from housing … Continue reading

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