Tag Archives: Metropolitan Police

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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Police in shock after officer killed at Croydon custody centre

A murder investigation is underway after a police officer was shot and killed at the Croydon custody centre on Windmill Road in the early hours of this morning. The shooting happened at 2.15am and involved a man who had been … 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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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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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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One arrest after six SPAC Nation houses raided by police

Police yesterday made their first arrest over serious allegations of fraud made against some leading members of the SPAC Nation evangelical church – “the Church of Bling” – as was first reported by Inside Croydon last year. The arrest of … 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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Responding to violence, Met Police, Town Hall, Feb 25

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25 arrests made in South Norwood in police dawn raid

The police made 25 arrests in early morning raids yesterday on what the Met described as “seven commercial premises” along South Norwood High Street and Portland Road, “targeting those believed to be involved in gang activity, drug supply and violence”, … Continue reading

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South Norwood police meeting leaves public feeling anxious

The latest ransacking of the Croydon FC clubhouse came just days after the police in South Norwood, together with the local MP and Croydon Council’s cabinet member for community safety, staged a meeting intended at rebuilding confidence in the local … Continue reading

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Community meetings and forms as council tests public mood

How safe do you feel in Croydon today? Recent tragic and traumatising events across the borough have led the council to seek the views of the public on the level of tension in Croydon and its suburbs. This urgent check … Continue reading

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South Norwood park attacks: police announce second arrest

Police have made another arrest in their on-going investigation into a series of attacks and sexual assaults on women in South Norwood Country Park over the last two months. According to a statement from the Metropolitan Police issued overnight, a … Continue reading

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Big turn-out for Country Park walk, while Met waits in the car

At barely 24 hours’ notice, the people turned out in force yesterday to “reclaim our park”, following the series of sexual assaults and daylight robberies in South Norwood Country Park. A Metropolitan Police inspector was there, too, but he chose … Continue reading

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Blaze at ex-JLS star’s Spout Hill house treated as ‘suspicious’

More than 70 fire crew and 10 fire engines yesterday attended a blaze at a millionaire’s mansion off Shirley Church Road and Spout Hill in the glitzy Addington Hills. The Daily Mirror is this morning reporting that the house is … Continue reading

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Babies under the age of 1 subject to racist abuse, NSPCC says

More than 70 babies were among the victims of 850-plus race hate offences in London last year, according to shocking statistics  obtained by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Recorded race hate crime offences against children … Continue reading

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Knife crime and violence community meeting, Fieldway, Mar 27

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Police conduct borough-wide stop and search operation

Croydon police yesterday embarked on a borough-wide stop and search operation in its latest efforts to clamp down on knife crime. In doing so, the police managed to revive memories of “Operation Swamp”, the overbearing exercise which alienated police from … Continue reading

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Twycross hits out at Tory Government’s ‘reckless’ police cuts

Fiona Twycross has hit out at the Conservative Government for its continuing cuts to police funding in London, saying that the budget cuts – begun when Theresa Mayhem was the Home Secretary – and the “reckless austerity agenda” is risking … Continue reading

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Mayor announces tag trial for knife crime offenders in Croydon

Knife crime and other violent offenders in Croydon are to have GPS tagging devices fitted to them on release from prison, under a pilot scheme announced today by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Offenders who have served a custodial … Continue reading

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Police Borough Commander on ‘other duties’ following incident

Jeff Boothe, Croydon police’s Borough Commander, has been assigned to “other duties” for the past three months, pending an investigation into his involvement in a domestic dispute in October. “Basically, he’s on what might be called gardening leave,” a source … Continue reading

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Met Police rejects funds because it can’t recruit enough officers

The Metropolitan Police has told a local authority in south London not to put up extra funding for additional officers – because they can’t recruit to fill the positions that already exist. The development should be a worry for other … Continue reading

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Police chief says drop in knife crime is ‘just the beginning’

Croydon’s borough commander backs the use of stop and search to help continue reductions in levels of knife crime, and invites residents to join the police in swoops on ‘hotspot areas’ Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, the Metropolitan Police’s borough commander, … Continue reading

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Police make two arrests in drugs swoop on Wandle Park

Local police staged a special operation in Wandle Park yesterday, making two arrests and issuing one penalty notice, as they responded to residents’ concerns over increasing incidents of anti-social behaviour and drug-dealing. According to the Waddon ward police, today they … Continue reading

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Foxed! Scotland Yard calls off hunt for ‘Croydon Cat Killer’

After a three-year investigation, Scotland Yard this morning announced that they have closed Operation Takahe, saying that they found no human suspect behind the spate of dead cats attributed to “the Croydon Cat Killer”. A feature in New Scientist magazine, … Continue reading

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MP Jones accuses Prime Minister of ‘ignoring’ knife crime

Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, today accused the Prime Minister of “paying lip-service” to the scourge of knife crime on our streets. “She wouldn’t ignore it if it was middle-class children getting stabbed,” the Labour MP said. Jones … Continue reading

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