Category Archives: David Musker

Met to appoint armed police chief as Borough Commander

A senior police officer who has served in the unit at the centre of the Plebgate row and which was also involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan that led to the 2011 London riots will be the next … Continue reading

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Police forced to abandon efforts to control East Croydon rave

For the second time in less than three years, last night the Metropolitan Police was forced to abandon a part of central Croydon to an unruly mob, with officers ordered to withdraw from an area that was unsafe for them … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Andrew Pelling, Boris Johnson, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, David Musker, East Croydon, Gavin Barwell, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Policing, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

More murders and rapes in what Tories say is “safer borough”

Evening all. WALTER CRONXITE points his flashing blue light at another of the major issues for voters to consider before Thursday’s local elections Issue No3: CRIME THE ISSUE: Unanimity among the political parties on crime: they’re all agin it. Crime … Continue reading

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Local Tories celebrate crime stats – in a week of five stabbings

And they say that our politicians are out of touch. Someone in Croydon Conservatives – the obnoxious Mario Creatura? The self-serving Dudley Mead? Gormless Steven George? Town Hall enforcer Phil Thomas? Or florid-faced Mike Fisher? … the possibilities are never-ending … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon Central, Croydon South, David Musker, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Policing, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I might have been murdered, claims Croydon MP Ottaway

“Sir” Tricky Dicky Ottaway, the absentee Tory MP “for” Croydon South, says he is afraid of being murdered in his own office, following an incident at his office in Purley on Friday which saw him call out the police when … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon South, David Musker, Policing, Purley, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mitchell-supporting MP calls police when 11 constituents visit

“Sir” Tricky Dicky Ottaway, the Tory MP who dislikes his Croydon South constituency so much he has spent more than 20 years living outside it (nonetheless while making expenses claims for the majority of that time amounting to hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Crime, Croydon South, David Musker, Policing, Purley, Richard Ottaway MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Police chief wants to have Nightwatch soup kitchen moved on

Croydon Nightwatch, the local charity whose nightly work with the homeless and poor at Queen’s Gardens has been under threat from the council, today described comments by the borough’s police commander, David Musker, as ill-informed and accused Croydon’s most senior … Continue reading

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Reeves businessmen call on shops to back CitySafe campaign

ISMAEL MUSOKE reports on a scheme that is trying to make our streets safer for Croydon’s youngsters Audrey was attacked by a group of young people, Aaron was mugged in Thornton Heath not far from his home, Ryan has friends … Continue reading

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Domestic violence in Croydon up 13.4% in past year

The death of Tia Sharpe was just one murder of a girl or woman in our borough in the past year. LEE WEBSTER highlights a set of crime statistics that should be of grave concern to everyone living and working … Continue reading

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“Misleading and clearly not the case”: Musker speaks out

To have one senior police officer issue a statement refuting a front-page story in a local newspaper must be embarrassing for the paper. But to have two such statements issued within a matter of days ought to be cause for … Continue reading

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There will be no Olympic crime spree here, says Musker

Dave Musker, the borough police commander, today sought to reassure the Croydon public that there would be no reduction in service in the coming month because of the Olympic Games. “Anybody out there who thinks that there will be opportunities … Continue reading

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Police admit to mistakes over handling of Brighton game

Croydon police want more regular dialogue with Crystal Palace fans and fans’ groups ahead of the new football season, when 16 league matches at Selhurst Park will have no police inside the ground during the game. Policing costs are one … Continue reading

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Crime on the rise in Croydon, but our council is in denial

Crime figures are on the up in Croydon, yet the Town Hall’s most senior politicians have received a misleading report from council officers this month that claimed that residents believe “the council is tackling crime and anti-social behaviour”. According to … 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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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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South Norwood police station under threat of closure

South Norwood police station looks set to be closed, the latest in a series of blows for the fabric of Croydon society. After the axing of Croydon’s art activities, the possible “out-sourcing”asset-stripping of the borough’s libraries and the closure of … 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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Town centre police team to be cut by more than half

The police team operating in Croydon’s Town Centre is to be more than halved, from 22 to 10 officers. It is little more than six months since the 8/8 riots hit Croydon, when a thin blue line tried to hold … Continue reading

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Crocus conference key part of LGBT History Month

Crocus, Croydon’s Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community organisation, is staging a conference on February 22 as part of the activities of LGBT History Month which will be attended by the borough police commander and senior figures from Croydon … Continue reading

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