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.

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: