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Croydon Council Imposes New Dispersal Areas

Croydon Council Imposes New Dispersal Areas

The Safer Croydon Partnership has agreed extra powers for the police to tackle antisocial behaviour by imposing two dispersal orders one in Croydon town centre, the other in New Addington. The controversial measures, which came into force on Saturday 26 April, allow police to tell groups in the areas to disperse, to…

Staggering rise in cases of rape and domestic violence

Staggering rise in cases of rape and domestic violence

Reported rapes in Croydon have risen by a staggering 33 per cent despite the overall crime rate falling by nearly ten per cent. The increase in rape reports has emerged as the highest within the ELL boroughs: Lewisham has increased by 26 per cent, Hackney by 22 per cent and…

Charity wins £50,000 to reduce knife crime

Charity wins £50,000 to reduce knife crime

A charity in Hackney has received almost £50,000, to fund a project aimed at reducing the level of knife violence in the borough. The Crib, a youth group giving opportunities to young people, will use the £50,000 grant from The Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund, to work with kids, ex-gang members,…

Man charged with the death of mother and baby

Man charged with the death of mother and baby

A man from Hackney has been charged with the murder of a mother and baby last month. Roland McKoy, 53 of Oswald’s Mead, was charged with the murders of Valerie Forde and Jahzarah McKoy yesterday. The 45-year-old mother and her 23-month-old baby, were pronounced dead at a house on the…

Stratford shopping centre stabbing: teenager sentenced

Stratford shopping centre stabbing: teenager sentenced

A teenage footballer from Hackney has been sentenced to at least 18 years for murdering a man at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford just weeks before the 2012 Olympic Games. Shoppers were confronted with a “horrific scene of complete bedlam” when the throwing of a yoghurt pot sparked a…

Hackney police stamp out Smartphone crime

Hackney police stamp out Smartphone crime

Hackney’s theft and handling crimes have seen a significant drop in the last twelve months, according to recent data released by the Metropolitan police. This is following a successful two-pronged attack by a team of 600 police officers in Hackney, committed to increasing awareness of Smartphone theft and limiting opportunities…

Sentenced: 19 months for killing homeless man

Sentenced: 19 months for killing homeless man

A 37-year-old man has been jailed  for 19 months, after being found guilty of killing a homeless man in Hackney last November. Rafal Lewsza, 37, of Leaside Road, Clapton, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Miroslaw Glaza, a 50 year old Polish man, at Snaresbrook…

£100,000 worth of illegal tobacco seized

£100,000 worth of illegal tobacco seized

A Lewisham retailer has been found with more than £100,000 worth of illegal tobacco, in a find believed to be the biggest seizure by trading standards officers in the country. Trading standards, along with a sniffer-dog named Jack, conducted a search of the Lee High Road shop last weekend, where…

Emotional tributes paid to Shareka Ann-Fab Marsh, 15 year old school girl shot dead in Hackney on Saturday

Emotional tributes paid to Shareka Ann-Fab Marsh, 15 year old school girl shot dead in Hackney on Saturday

The family of Shereka Ann-Fab Marsh, the 15 year old girl fatally wounded on Saturday, have released a statement saying that the teenager “was not involved in gangs or violence” and any suggestion that she had links to gangs was “hurtful”. The statement released through local MP Meg Hillier described…

UPDATE: 15-year-old boy to appear in court charged with the murder of Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh in Hackney

UPDATE: 15-year-old boy to appear in court charged with the murder of Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh in Hackney

A teenage boy has been charged with the murder of Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, a 15-year-old girl who was shot dead at a house in Eastway on Saturday. The boy, who is 15-years-old, will appear at Stratford Magistrates Court later today Responding to reports of the shooting on Saturday, officers arrived…