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:
Attended final ward panel this eve at #Rotherhithe police station. Troubled to see police struggle with local crimes including knives/mopeds
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:
Details of time, date and location
If you have any other information about moped crime
Two men have been sentenced to a combined minimum of 58 years imprisonment for the murder of 18-year-old Ben Purdy in Mossington Gardens a year ago this week.
Andrew Bayne, 37, from SE8 was found guilty of the murder of Ben Purdy at the Old Bailey on Thursday 19 November.
The next day, at the same court, he was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 30 years. He was also sentenced to seven years imprisonment for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Michael Bagnall, 22, of SE13 was found guilty of the murder of Ben Purdy at the Old Bailey. He has now been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 28 years. He was also sentenced to two years imprisonment for affray. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “I am very pleased with the sentences handed down today. Ben was hunted through the streets by Bayne and Bagnall, who were armed with deadly weapons and had deadly intentions.
“The trial has been a harrowing experience for Ben’s family and I commend them for their dignity and composure throughout. No degree of justice will bring Ben back to his family but I sincerely hope that the verdicts reached today will bring a measure of comfort to those who miss him most.”
Ben’s mother Joanne said in an impact statement presented to the court: “The trial has been long and stressful for my husband and I. The void that Ben’s death has left will never be filled. We will always have him missing in our lives. We will never be able to see him conquer his dreams or see him walk down the aisle or share any of the achievements that he would have worked towards. All we have are those brief 18 years to hold onto before he was taken away from us so cruelly.”
In an impact statement presented to the court Ben’s father, Stephen Lewis, said: “I have been unable to cope with the loss of my son. It’s such a tragedy for such a young life. Ben had been working hard to build a career as a plumber, his whole future was in front of him and I’m sure he would have had a great future. I have attended court every day during the trial and not once have any of the defendants shown me any remorse or dignity. They left Ben for dead in the street. Our son hasn’t got a life and our lives will never be the same again.”
Sentencing for three other men convicted of offences in connection with the murder will be scheduled in due course.
Police are appealing for information after a laptop was stolen from a charity during a burglary.
The burglary occurred at around 4.45am on Wednesday 18 November, at the premises of Homes 4 Heroes in the Surdoc Club, Cope Street, Rotherhithe.
The charity helps homeless ex military personnel.
A white Toshiba laptop Satellite C55 DA14 was stolen during the burglary and it contained templates used to make identity passes for the charity’s representatives.
The charity has now changed the passes for its staff and volunteers, but advises if anyone has any concerns about someone claiming to be from the charity they should contact UK Homes 4 Heroes on 020 7237 6363.
If anyone has any information regarding either the burglary, or the whereabouts of the laptop, they should call Southwark Police’s CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference 3033697/15.
A 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with the burglary on Thursday 19 November. He has been charged with burglary and will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Friday 20 November.
Neil Coyle MP has told Parliament that Southwark Police were “unable or under-resourced” to tackle a problem with drug dealing and heroin use on an estate in Rotherhithe.
Speaking in a Commons debate on policing on Wednesday evening, he said that his constituents are “very concerned about the prospect of a 25 to 40 per cent further cut to resources”.
He went on to describe “the rise of the visible use and sale of class A drugs” in central London.
“In Rotherhithe in particular – at Tissington Court – residents felt that the police were either unable or under-resourced to be able to tackle regular heroin use and sale within a block,” said Mr Coyle.
“Families felt unable to send their children up and down the stairwell because of the use of heroin in that stairwell and the impact of use – including the avoiding of barrels on the stairs during the day.
“It took an incredible amount of time get that issue resolved, and a concerted effort on my part with the Rotherhithe councillors who took the issue to the police with the local tenants’ association.”