Police investigating a robbery in the Stave Hill Ecology Park have made an arrest.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery in the early hours of Thursday 7 June. He was taken into custody at a south London police station and later bailed pending further enquiries to a date in late June.

The arrest follows an incident that occurred at around 11.25 on Friday 1 June near the Trust for Urban Ecology building in the park.

Two women, aged 37 and 40, were walking with their children through the park when they were robbed of their phones at knifepoint by two males. During the incident one of the women was stabbed in the hand.

A man, aged 49, who came to the assistance of the victims, also received a stab injury.

The two males suspects fled on foot through the woods following the incident.

The two injured people were taken to hospital for treatment and have since been discharged.

“This was a shocking and brazen attack in broad daylight which resulted in two people receiving stab injuries and a number of children being terrified,” said Inspector Owen Pyle, who is in charge of neighbourhood policing in Southwark.

“While we have made an arrest, our work remains ongoing to ensure those responsible for this abhorrent crime are brought to justice.

“There will be increased police patrols of the area over the next few weeks in the run up to the summer holidays, particularly around school start and finish times, to reassure residents and deal with any issues.

“I would urge the community to report all incidents or suspicious behaviour to police; even if the information seems insignificant, it may be the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle for us.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Southwark Police on 101 quoting ref: 2786/1Jun. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Local residents concerned about recent apparent increases in crime and antisocial behaviour in SE16 have organised the Canada Water Reclaim March on Sunday 24 June, starting at Stave Hill.

A man who conducted a campaign of fear against a member of  staff at Surrey Quays station has been jailed for more than two years.

37-year-old Patrick McFetridge from Druid Street threatened and intimidated the worker at Surrey Quays station nine times between November 2017 and February 2018, including racially abusing them, swearing at them and making threats to kill.
During his three-month scare campaign, McFetridge told the member of staff he would cut their face and come after their family. He also urinated on the counter while the victim was stood behind it, which required specialist cleaning afterwards.
McFetridge was arrested and later charged with putting a person in fear of violence and criminal damage, which he denied.
Following a trial he was convicted of the offences and on 18 May he appeared before Blackfriars Crown Court, where he was sentenced to 30 months behind bars. He was also handed a five-year restraining order and a Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from Surrey Quays station for five years.
Detective Constable Richard Rowe, from British Transport Police,  said: “For no reason at all, McFettridge targeted this member of staff, leaving his victim fearing for their life.
“We will not tolerate the abuse of rail staff for simply doing their jobs and the sentence handed to McFettridge shows the courts take an equally dim view of such behaviour.”
Siwan Hayward, Head of Transport Policing, said: “Our staff work extremely hard assisting customers and ensuring the network is a safe environment for all. Like everyone, they have the right to go about their job without fear or intimidation. The sentence handed down to McFetridge reflects the seriousness of his actions and that we do not tolerate, in any way, abuse against our staff.”

Police are appealing for witnesses following a hit-and-run collision in Rotherhithe.

Officers were called to Rotherhithe Old Road – near Surrey Quays station – at about 8.55am on Monday morning to a report of a car in collision with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian –  a 46-year-old woman – was taken to hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

Her next of kin have been informed.

The vehicle involved, a blue Mercedes B200 Sport, failed to stop at the scene.

The car was found later that day abandoned on the Kirby Estate in SE16.

As part of the investigation, officers returned at around 11am on Tuesday to take photographs of the scene.

Officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are investigating.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 1599/05 March.

As part of the current round of consultation on the Canada Water Masterplan, developer British Land has revealed that it has exchanged contracts with the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime  (MOPAC) to buy the former Rotherhithe Police Station, which closed last year.

The site will be incorporated into the company’s broader plans for the area.

You can see the consultation materials here; the deadline for online feedback is Sunday 4 February. Mini-exhibitions will be held on Tuesday at Silverlock Hall and Wednesday at Mayflower Hall.

Last weekend the fire brigade held a major exercise at the Printworks (formerly Harmsworth Quays).

Southwark’s firefighters shared these images on Twitter:

Rotherhithe Police Station closed on Monday as local officers relocated to their new base inside Seven Islands Leisure Centre.

Although the front counter closed in 2013, officers have continued to work from the building.

Now the building on Lower Road has been earmarked for sale by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

Details of two Dispersal Areas in Bermondsey (using powers under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014) have been announced by Southwark Police:

Rotherhithe Police Station

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed that Rotherhithe Police Station in Lower Road will be put up for sale in September, five years after a sell-off was agreed in principle by his predecessor Boris Johnson.

News of the latest sell-off attempt came in response to a question tabled by Andrew Dismore AM:

Of the police buildings closed and earmarked for disposal under the previous Mayor there are five that have been vacated and will be openly marketed for sale from September. The 5 properties are:

Belvedere Police Station
Rotherhithe Police Station
Greenwich Police Station
Olwen House, Loman Street
Douglas Webb Section House

Rotherhithe Police Station’s front counter closed in 2013 but the police contact point provided at Canada Water Library as a partial replacement is now itself under threat.

Last week Neil Coyle MP tweeted that he had attended the final ward panel meeting to be held in the Lower Road building:

Greenland Dock

Southwark Council has issued this safety advice in response to the growing problem of mobile phones and other valuables being stolen by thieves on mopeds:

Last week Southwark Council street cleaners confronted a pair of thieves on a moped who had just snatched valuables from a woman on the street around Greenland Dock, Rotherhithe.

The council and police are aware of a number of incidents like this in the area and are working to crack down on people using stolen scooters and mopeds.

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for communities, safety and leisure, said: “Southwark Council is working closely with police to crack down on these despicable thefts, and we are very proud of our staff members who went above and beyond their duty to help try and catch these thieves. We would ask all our residents to remain vigilant and report any incidents like this to the police.”

Residents can also follow some simple advice to prevent becoming targets for these kinds of thieves:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and keep your personal property secure.
  • Don’t text while you’re walking – you won’t notice potential thieves approaching.
  • Use the security features on your phone.
  • Try going hands free or stand away from the roadside close to a wall so no one can come up behind you.
  • Your phone comes with a range of security features, such as keypad locks and remote data wiping. Make sure they are all activated to stop thieves from accessing your phone and personal data.
  • Know how to identify your phone if it’s stolen. Find your IMEI number by dialling *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of it. If the phone is stolen, report it to the police and your mobile provider to stop it being used.
  • Register your phone on www.immobilise.com to help police return recovered stolen property and combat the sale of stolen goods. Police recover more than 2500 items registered to the website on average every month. Never confront a thief or risk your own safety for the sake of your mobile device

Scooter and moped riders are also being urged to consider additional measures to secure their mopeds and scooters, such as using fitted anchors, security loops, disc and chain locks, and audible alarms.

Residents can also help police tackle moped theft and moped related crime such as theft snatch by reporting to police if you have witnessed or have footage of a bike being stolen or thieves carrying out a snatch theft. Your information will be treated in confidence and will help police to develop intelligence and target the thieves. Please contact us with:

  • Video footage
  • Photos
  • Details of time, date and location
  • If you have any other information about moped crime

You can do this by contacting the Met police on:

  • On Twitter @MetCC
  • On www.met.police.uk – tell us about something you’ve seen or heard.
  • By calling 101.
  • You can also report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

In the event of a crime taking place, always call 999.

Southwark Police have also been tweeting advice:

The police ‘contact point’ at Canada Water Library – set up in 2013 to compensate for the closure of the front desk at Rotherhithe Police Station – is to be axed under plans set out earlier this month by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Police officers are available at Canada Water Library for three hours a week.

Now the Mayor is planning a further raft of closures of front counters and contact points.

Public consultation continues until 6 October; details on the City Hall website.