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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…

Protest at bar that tweeted about stabbing victim

Protest at bar that tweeted about stabbing victim

A group of angry residents gathered outside newly opened bar The Bonneville last night calling for the pub to be shut down after it posted tweets about a man who went there looking for help after being stabbed at the weekend. Bar owner Ruairi Gilles spoke to the protesters who…

Man suffers head injury in argument about water fight

Man suffers head injury in argument about water fight

A water fight between children sparked a confrontation that left a 22-year-old man in hospital according to police, who are appealing for information about the incident earlier this month. The victim was hit over the head with a glass bottle during an argument between two groups of men on Polecroft…

Croydon drug dealer jailed after ‘Planned Met Operation’

Croydon drug dealer jailed after ‘Planned Met Operation’

A man has been jailed after police discovered two kilograms of heroin during a raid at an address in Croydon. Kwame Gyanfi, 31, was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment by Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs  on 18…

Police trial Body-Worn-Video Cameras in Lewisham

Police trial Body-Worn-Video Cameras in Lewisham

Police in Lewisham and Croydon have begun to wear body-worn cameras as part of a trial across other parts of Greater London. Officers in the borough have been selected to take part in a pilot programme by the Met Police in the use of the new equipment. The teams using…

Michael Wheatley appears in court after arrest in Tower Hamlets

Michael Wheatley appears in court after arrest in Tower Hamlets

The violent robber known as the ‘Skull Cracker’ has appeared in court having been charged with stealing £18,350 in an armed robbery, illegally possessing an imitation firearm and being unlawfully at large. Dressed in a grey t-shirt and flanked by 4 police officers, 55-year old Michael Wheatley spoke only to confirm…

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…