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One hundred gang members brawl in Bethnal Green

One hundred gang members brawl in Bethnal Green

Police were called to a fight between rival gangs on Clare Street, Bethnal Green last night. The brawl occurred at 7:22pm, according to a police statement. An ambulance was also called to the scene. Speaking to Eastlondonlines, a spokesman for the Tower Hamlets police said: “Police attended and took a 27-year-old…

Surprise for driver as “illegal immigrants” found in lorry

Surprise for driver as “illegal immigrants” found in lorry

Suspected illegal immigrants were discovered in a lorry in Thornton Heath yesterday afternoon, after the driver called police with concerns that people were in the back of his vehicle. The lorry driver pulled over at around 2:30pm on Bensham Lane. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered six men and…

Police weed out Croydon drug trade in second seizure

Police weed out Croydon drug trade in second seizure

Cannabis worth £25,000 was seized by the Metropolitan Police yesterday morning during a raid in South Norwood. Alexandru-Gabriel Stefan and Klodjan Mukaj have been arrested and charged with production of cannabis. Mukaj has also been charged with electricity theft. Fifty mature plants and the equipment that was used to cultivate…

Hackney men jailed for abusing Southend minors

Hackney men jailed for abusing Southend minors

Two Hackney men have been sentenced to a combined 20 years in prison at Basildon Crown Court today for grooming and sexually abusing underage girls in Southend, Essex. 45 year-old Colin Trotman, and 56 year-old Glenn Dyett will be serving 14 and 6 years for their crimes respectively. Trotman, of…

Crackdown on kerb-crawling in prostitution hotspots

Crackdown on kerb-crawling in prostitution hotspots

Police have launched a series of operations in three prostitution hotspots, harnessing new anti-social behaviour legislation, following on-going complaints from residents about disruptive activity. Along with targeting kerb-crawling, driving around looking to solicit sex, the legislation introduced last month enables officers to disperse anyone likely to commit crime or create…

East London’s leading businesses offer young offenders a second chance with work experience opportunities

East London’s leading businesses offer young offenders a second chance with work experience opportunities

East London youth offenders are to be offered work experience in top businesses as part of a government initiative to reduce reoffending. Hackney, Lewisham and Croydon are among the 29 local authority areas included in the programme. The “Transforming Youth Custody” scheme, launched on Monday, was developed through a collaboration…

Police constable charged with dangerous driving

Police constable charged with dangerous driving

A Tower Hamlets police officer was last night charged with dangerous driving and attempted grievous bodily harm. The offences are alleged to have been committed on August 31 by Naylor Jhita, who joined the police force in 2007. Jhita is understood to have been off-duty during the incident in Anerley,…

Brewery owner allowed extra time to repay cocaine debt

Brewery owner allowed extra time to repay cocaine debt

A convicted drug-supplier turned successful brewery owner has been given more time to pay off his £3.2 million debt, it has been ruled. Julian de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson, owner and co-founder of the London Fields Brewery, was sentenced to 12 years in jail in 2004 along with three others for conspiring to supply…

Sixteen months in jail for two sexual assaults on Central line

Sixteen months in jail for two sexual assaults on Central line

A Shoreditch man has been jailed for 16 months and faces a ban from the tube after twice sexually assaulting the same woman on the London Underground. Mohibur Rahman, 35, put his hand up the victim’s skirt and touched her bottom on two separate occasions during her journeys from Holborn…

“Londoners, give up your guns”: Metropolitan Police announce two-week firearms surrender

“Londoners, give up your guns”: Metropolitan Police announce two-week firearms surrender

The Metropolitan Police have launched a firearms surrender across London as gun crime in Hackney increases. The Twitter hashtag #giveupyourgun encourages Londoners to hand in any guns or ammunition to their local police stations. The scheme started yesterday and will end at 11:00pm on November 23. In particular the surrender focuses on…