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Police raid Tower Hamlets homes to bust ‘courier’ fraud

Police raid Tower Hamlets homes to bust ‘courier’ fraud

 Three eighteen-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a £1m nationwide fraud following raids on separate addresses in Tower Hamlets. The dawn arrests on August 18 were part of a joint operation by Zephyr, the south-west regional organised crime unit and the Metropolitan Police. It follows a three…

Victims of Hackney sex attacker share ordeals to encourage others to report the ‘monster’ photographer

Victims of Hackney sex attacker share ordeals to encourage others to report the ‘monster’ photographer

Two models who were sexually assaulted by a Hackney fashion photographer tell ELL of their ordeals in the hope they may encourage other victims to come forward. Photographer Shaun Colclogh, 40, was handed a seven year sentence for assault at the Snaresbrook Crown Court on August 1, 2014. The two…

Lewisham police operation targets known criminals

Lewisham police operation targets known criminals

Lewisham Police have launched a new operation, code-name Yarra, in which known crime offenders in the borough will be targeted and watched. The operation, which started in July, includes enhanced intelligence-led patrols made up of officers from the Safer Neighborhoods campaign and plain clothes officers using search warrants. So far…

Police raid two Romanian-run brothels in Croydon

Police raid two Romanian-run brothels in Croydon

Police have dismantled two Romanian-run brothels operating in Croydon in a swoop prompted by complaints from concerned local residents. The brothels were discovered after officers from the Broad Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team carried out intelligence checks at an address on Chatfield Road in response to residents’ complaints about suspicious activity.…

Hackney couple jailed in £2,500 Paddy Power robbery

Hackney couple jailed in £2,500 Paddy Power robbery

A betting shop worker faked a robbery with her boyfriend to grab £2,500 from Paddy Power, a court heard. Paulina Chrzanowska, 27, worked in the Mare Street branch of the bookmakers in Hackney and had the job of delivering the takings to the post office. CCTV footage showed Chrzanowska and…

Lewisham stabbing: Two 17-year-olds on murder charges

Lewisham stabbing: Two 17-year-olds on murder charges

Two 17-year-olds appeared at Bromley Youth Court today, charged with murder in relation to the death of a 26-year-old man in Lewisham on Sunday evening. An investigation was opened on Monday by the Homicide and Major Crime Command following the fatal stabbing of Alex Scott on Eltham Road, Lee. Scott suffered…

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

  A South Croydon garage owner has been ordered to pay almost £7,000 after being found guilty of illegally dumping trade waste and old car parts. Ramiz Laci, 39, of Haling Park Road, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5…

Rapist photographer sentenced to seven years for sexually assaulting models in his studio

Rapist photographer sentenced to seven years for sexually assaulting models in his studio

A  Hackney fashion photographer has been given a seven-year jail sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting two of his models. Shaun Colclough, 40, who was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court, had previously been convicted of raping an 85-year-old woman when he was 22. His studio in Hackney Wick was the scene for his attacks. There, he…

Teenage dealer jailed after 16-year old died of overdose

Teenage dealer jailed after 16-year old died of overdose

A Croydon teenage dealer, who sold the ecstasy that killed a 16-year-old at an illegal rave, was jailed for five years at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday. Nicqueel Pitrora, 18, of London Road, Croydon, was sentenced for supplying the drug. Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, 16, fell unconscious after taking a lethal dose…

Deptford war memorial vandalised on eve of First World War Centenary

Deptford war memorial vandalised on eve of First World War Centenary

As Britain prepares to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, wreaths laid at the foot of Deptford War memorial in remembrance of Lewisham’s fallen soldiers have been set alight in what the Metropolitan Police are calling “an incident of arson and criminal damage”. Lewisham police were alerted to the…