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Couple jailed after seven-year housing benefit fraud nets £188,000

Couple jailed after seven-year housing benefit fraud nets £188,000

A married couple were jailed this week after a property scam which netted £188,000 of taxpayers’ money over seven years. Nicole Mwamba, 48, and her husband William Kapuya, 47, were sentenced to 30 and 14 months respectively at Croydon Crown Court last month for 18 offences related to the fraud, which…

Brothers jailed for 50 years for sex offences and robbery

Brothers jailed for 50 years for sex offences and robbery

Two brothers have begun jail sentences totalling 50 years after raping and robbing two sex workers in Lewisham. Ali Deen, 24, charged with rape, aiding and abetting rape, robbery and possession of a firearm, was jailed for a total of 30 years, while his brother, Basiru Deen, 21, charged with…

Three arrested over one of largest hauls of drugs found in Lewisham

Three arrested over one of largest hauls of drugs found in Lewisham

  Class A drugs, thought to be worth 1.5 million, were found at a Catford address on Thursday. A man in his 30s and a 15 year old girl were arrested yesterday morning suspected of  intent to supply and are being questioned at a South London Police Station.  London Met…

Croydon woman and Lewisham man jailed for 13 years after smuggling £400,000 of cocaine

Croydon woman and Lewisham man jailed for 13 years after smuggling £400,000 of cocaine

  A Croydon woman and a Lewisham man have been jailed for a total of 13 years for their part in a plot to smuggle £400,000 of cocaine into Gatwick airport hidden in tins of vegetables. Sharon Dixon, 52, of Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood, was sentenced to nine years at Kingston Crown…

World Cup: armchair drinkers face police crackdown with early morning checkpoints around ELL boroughs

World Cup: armchair drinkers face police crackdown with early morning checkpoints around ELL boroughs

Football fans in the ELL area could pay the penalty if they drive the morning after a boozy night watching the World Cup in the remaining weeks of the tournament. Police will be patrolling junctions across the four ELL boroughs to check drivers are not over the limit when they…

Colleges in Tower Hamlets suspended amid Home Office crackdown on visa fraud

Colleges in Tower Hamlets suspended amid Home Office crackdown on visa fraud

Eight colleges in Tower Hamlets are being investigated so far by the Home Office amid claims that foreign students are cheating in English language tests to extend their UK visas. Since 2011, applicants for UK Tier 4 student visas have been required to pass an English test before they can…

Lewisham bike crook arrested after Twitter campaign

Lewisham bike crook arrested after Twitter campaign

A Lewisham man photographed with one of three racing bicycles stolen from a 69-year old athlete was arrested after a social media campaign run by the victim’s daughter. Ashley Moore, 20, who has a previous conviction for bike theft was caught by police after pictures of him riding one of…

Shopkeeper fined after selling knives to underage teen

Shopkeeper fined after selling knives to underage teen

A Norbury shopkeeper has been fined after admitting selling a set of razor sharp knives to a 14-year-old boy a month after being sent a letter offering training about age-restricted sales. Shakab Hakime, who owns Norbury Discount Store in London Road admitted the offence at Croydon Magistrate’ Court on Tuesday. …

Man arrested after illegal Croydon rave

Man arrested after illegal Croydon rave

A man has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with a Croydon rave where a teenager died. The 18-year-old man handed himself in after images of men the police are trying to trace were released and is currently in police custody in south London. Rio Andrew, 15,…

Window cleaner to be honoured with bravery award

Window cleaner to be honoured with bravery award

A courageous window cleaner who prevented an armed robbery at Lloyds Bank on Brighton Road in Croydon last November is to be honoured with a Police Public Bravery Award. James Rowley, 34, from Caterham, Surrey, will receive the award at the annual Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) awards ceremony on…