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52 motorists received warning letters from the Metropolitan Police after volunteers taking part in a police scheme used speed guns to detect drivers breaking the limit in Salter Road last June.

Details of the Community Roadwatch operations were obtained by SE16.com under the Freedom of Information Act.

A letter from the Met’s Supt Thomas Naughton is sent to the registered keeper of vehicles found speeding, reminding car owners that around 2,000 people a year are killed or seriously injured on London’s roads each year, with speed a contributory factor in half of these collisions.

“The local community asks that drivers passing through the area observe the posted speed limits,” says Supt Naughton in his letter.

“Reducing your speed will directly contribute to saving lives and will improve the quality of life for those residents.

“No further action will be taken on this occasion but this report will be held on our records for 12 months. If your vehicle comes to notice again it will be investigated further.”

If the same vehicle is found speeding a second time, a further letter is sent warning that “the vehicle details have now been entered onto police intelligence records and they will also be passed to our Criminal Justice Unit for entry onto their databases.

“If the vehicle is seen offending again, it will be added to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) hotlist.

“This will alert all patrolling roads policing units to the presence of the vehicle and it might be stopped and checked. In cases of persistent or extreme speeding, vehicles may be targeted for enforcement by police officers or mobile speed camera vans.”

The Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Matt Twist delivered a statement outside New Scotland Yard on Monday, responding to the violent scenes in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe on Saturday.

He said: “The disorder which occurred before, during and after the Millwall v Everton Cup match on Saturday, 26 January was some of the most shocking football violence we have seen for some time. 

“The abhorrent behaviour lasted a number of hours, involved dozens of people, and resulted in at least one serious injury. 

“One man was taken to hospital with a horrific, life-changing injury to his face. One of our officers was also injured, and has now been discharged from hospital. 

“At the start of the operation, around 200 officers were deployed, but as the situation developed more specially trained public order officers, including the Met’s Territorial Support Group, were sent in support from Central London.

“Having watched widespread footage of this violence circulating on social media, I am reminded of the courage, professionalism and restraint of our public order officers and I am grateful for their efforts on Saturday afternoon. 

“Their determination in restoring order was outstanding despite, furniture, bottles and glass being launched at them as they attempted to disperse the crowd. A number of coaches carrying away fans were also damaged. 

“The team work shown by officers from units across the Met, together with colleagues from British Transport Police, prevented the violence escalating further, and led to swift resolution where violence did erupt. 

“Dedicated evidence gatherers put themselves in the way of danger, and obtained a substantial amount of footage of the violent disorder. 

“We have a highly-skilled team closely reviewing this evidence as we speak, and I am confident we will soon know the identities of those involved. 

“We will use this evidence and all tools within our power to locate the individuals involved in this ridiculous behaviour, whether they come from London, Liverpool or elsewhere. We will bring them to justice.

“Once identified we will also proactively explore ways of restricting those intent on engaging in violence and disorder from attending these events in future.

“I would urge anyone with information to call police on 101 quoting CAD 5117/26 January, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police are investigating a large-scale fight in Hawkstone Road on Saturday afternoon apparently involving Millwall and Everton fans ahead of a match at the New Den.

The Met says that at around 4.42pm officers became aware of a large group of males fighting in the Hawkstone Road area.

One male aged in his twenties was discovered suffering from a slash wound to the face. He was taken by ambulance to a south London hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers worked to separate the groups with support from the Mounted Branch.

At this early stage, there have been no arrests.

Detective Inspector Darren Young, of the South Central Command Unit, said: “The behaviour of those involved in this incident is nothing short of disgraceful and those involved can be certain we will be working to identify them.

“We are aware of the video circulating online, which has quite rightly elicited shock and disgust. We are looking at it and urge anyone with information that could assist police to call 101 referring CAD 5117/26 Jan.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man in his thirties was stabbed to death in Southwark Park.

Police were called just before 2pm on Wednesday.

Officers, London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service attended and found a man aged in his thirties suffering from stab injuries.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, the man died at the scene.

His next of kin have now been informed.

A crime scene remains in place.

No arrests have been made.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command is now leading the investigation. The attack occurred at lunchtime and police are urging witnesses and anyone who has information or footage to get in touch.

Anyone with information concerning this fatal stabbing is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3632/31OCT or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image after a man was violently assaulted during an attempted robbery.

The incident occurred at 6.45am on Sunday 20 May on board a London Overground train from Canada Water to New Cross Gate.

The victim, a 43-year-old man, was approached by a man at Canada Water and asked if he could use his phone to make a call. They both then boarded the train at Canada Water with the man taking a seat next to the victim where he asked what was in his bag.

Feeling intimidated, the victim stood up in an attempt to move but was grabbed round the neck by the man who then attempted to pull his bag from his shoulder.

Other passengers intervened and the man left the train at New Cross Gate station.

The victim received bruising and was severely shaken by the incident.

Officers would like to speak with the man shown in these CCTV images as they believe he may have information which could help with the investigation.

If you recognise him, or have any information which could help the investigation, please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference number 104 of 20 May.

Mahamedally custody image

A violent man who sexually assaulted a woman, before assaulting a member of TfL staff at Canada Water station, has been jailed.

28-year-old Courtney Mahamedally from Islington before City of London Magistrates’ Court on 2 July after pleading guilty to sexual assault and one count of common assault.

Shortly before 2.30am on 6 January this year, the victim, a 19-year-old woman, was on the London Overground platform at Canada Water station, waiting for a train. Mahamedally then approached the victim on the platform, jumping at her and grabbing her around the waist.

The victim and defendant then struggled, with Mahamedally shouting “you’re not going anywhere”.

Meanwhile, staff watching CCTV contacted the police and went to assist the victim. As police responded, staff intervened, during which a member of staff was punched in the face by the defendant.

Mahamedally was arrested at the scene and taken to custody.

He was handed a six month prison sentence for the sexual offence and a 12 week prison sentence for common assault, to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, £115 to victim services and costs of £300, he will also be on the sexual offences register for seven years.

DC Helen Parsfield from British Transport Police, said: “Mahamedally initially pleaded not guilty, but when he was presented with the overwhelming evidence, he later admitted the charges. I’m grateful to the members of staff who went to assist the victim during what must have been a frightening experience.

“Unwanted sexual behaviour on the London Underground network will never be tolerated.  I’d like to thank the victim for helping us bring this violent man to justice, he’ll now spend six months behind bars and seven years on the sex offenders register.”

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Head of Transport Policing, said: “Everyone has the right to travel without fear or intimidation and alongside the police we will eradicate unwanted sexual behaviour from public transport in London. This case sends a clear message to all potential offenders that they will be caught and brought to justice for their disgusting crimes, as well as showing that violence and abuse towards our staff will not be tolerated and offenders will be prosecuted. TfL works closely with the police day and night to ensure the safety of our customers.”

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.