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.”


Police are appealing for help to find a man missing from his home near Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

Charlie Murray, 19, was last seen at 8.15pm on Wednesday 14 October at his home on Hothfield Place off Lower Road.

Charlie is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with short dark brown hair. He has a tattoo on his right arm with the words ‘NEVER GIVE UP HOPE’.

When last seen, he was wearing a plain light blue tracksuit top and plain grey tracksuit trousers.

His family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character.

Anyone who has seen Charlie is asked to contact Southwark Police by calling 101.

Southwark’s borough fire commander Simon Tuhill has reassured local residents that they shouldn’t be alarmed if they see lots of fire engines at Harmsworth Quays this week.

Police in Southwark are appealing for information and witnesses after a man was found with serious head injuries at the southern approach to the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

Officers were flagged down at 4.19am on Friday 26 June after a man was found collapsed.

They attended to the man who was unresponsive and suffering from a serious head injury.

London Ambulance Service arrived soon after and took the man, believed to be 19 years old, to a central London hospital. His condition is critical.

Officers believe they know the identity of the injured man and his next-of-kin have been informed.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

Police are appealing for information after a fight between two men outside a barber’s shop in Rotherhithe New Road shortly before 3pm on Friday.

One of the men was armed with a broom and the other with a gun.

During the fight a member of the public – said not to be involved in the altercation – was shot in the leg.

The 38-year-old injured woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.

Her injuries are not life threatening.

Officers from the Met’s Trident gang command are investigating. No-one has been arrested.

Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who either witnessed this incident or has information concerning the identity of the two men involved, particularly the man armed with the gun.

Anyone with information should call Trident officers on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are appealing for information following a collision between a van and a mobility scooter.

Officers were called to a collision on St James’s Road at the junction with Jamaica Road  just after 12.30pm on Friday.

A 69-year-old woman, who was on the mobility scooter,  was taken to a south London hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

Anyone with information should call the serious collision investigation unit on 020 8285 1574.

The driver of the van stopped at the scene. No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police in Southwark are appealing for witnesses and information following a violent aggravated burglary in Bermondsey on St Valentine’s Day.

The incident happened at about 2.30pm on Saturday 14 February at an address in Cranswick Road, South Bermondsey.

The victim, a 63-year-old woman was home alone, speaking on the telephone to her sister, when there was a knock on the door.

She asked who it was and a man outside said he had crashed into her car. On hearing this news she opened her front door to inspect her car.

When she had opened the door,  the victim was confronted by two men.

The victim attempted to close her door but two men barged their way in to her house and closed the front door. Once inside they were shouting at the victim “Where is your safe?”

The victim – who lives on her own – informed the men that she did not own a safe. One of the suspects then picked up a bronze statue and hit the victim twice on the head.

They then attempted to drag her upstairs. She managed to escape their grip but was hit again with the statue.

The men then searched the house and stole two purses from her handbag before making off.

Police were called to the scene by the victim’s sister who heard the entire incident while on the telephone line. Neighbours who heard a disturbance also called 999.

On arrival,  police officers found the victim with a cut to her head, a cut to her left eye, and bruising to her left shin.

The London Ambulance Service was called and the victim was taken to a south London hospital, were she was treated and later discharged.

Suspect 1 is described as a black male, of slim build, aged 18 to 22 years, and was wearing a dark hooded top.

Suspect 2 is described as a black male, aged 18 to 22 years, and was wearing a dark hooded top.

Detectives from Southwark CID are investigating the incident and are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously in the area to contact them.

Detective Constable Carri Blackman, from Southwark CID, said: “The victim in this case is an extremely vulnerable lady. This has understandably left her extremely shaken up and we’re determined to try and identify who is responsible.

“I’d urge anyone who might have seen or heard anything unusual or suspicious in the area to get in touch with us, however insignificant you think the information may be – it could help us to solve this case.”

Anyone with information should contact Southwark CID on 020 7232 6142, the police non-emergency 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 3004593/15.

Detectives investigating a website from which thousands of people were able to download blockbuster films and top-rated TV shows for free arrested three men at a flat in Bermondsey on Tuesday morning.

At approximately 6.45am, detectives arrested three men aged 26, 25 and 24 – on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud; copyright theft and encouraging or assisting offences believing one or more will be committed – during a pre-planned operation.

The arrests were made by the London Regional Asset Recovery Team (LRART), who have been assisted in their investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

They executed a search warrant at a residential address on Enid Street, Bermondsey, from which they recovered digital equipment and financial documents..

The three men have been taken into custody at a south London police station where they remain.

The website was originally registered to one of the suspects in the UK but was then re-registered to the second suspect at an address in Romania. It is believed that money made from advertising on the website continued to be paid into a London-based bank account.

Detective Sergeant Neil Reynolds, of LRART, said: “The site was extremely popular. It was viewed about 70,000 times a day and, internationally, it ranked thousands of places higher than a well-known and legitimate film download site.

“It can be difficult for people to care about copyright laws being broken but the money made from such sites is often spent on funding other crime. We are looking at how much money was made from advertising on this website and where that money went to.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General, FACT, said: “Websites which set out to direct users to illegal copies of films and TV shows are engaged in criminal activity which not only reaps huge financial benefits for the individuals involved but also undermines the fundamental business model which allows for future investment in the creative industries.


“As these latest arrests show, this type of criminal enterprise will not go without action, and those involved face severe penalties.”


Police in Southwark have released a CCTV image linked to an artifice burglary at the home of a 95-year-old woman in Bermondsey.

The suspect is believed to have gained entry to the victim’s flat in John Roll Way at about 2.30pm on Friday 23 January.

The man was discovered in the flat with the victim when her granddaughter arrived and challenged him.

He claimed to be a mobility driver, but the granddaughter doubted his story and told him to leave.

After he left the flat, the victim’s bag was checked and they found that money was missing from her purse.

Police were called and further enquiries by officers revealed he had also spoken to other residents in the block, giving different explanations as to why he was there.

Detectives from Southwark CID are investigating and are appealing to anyone who has information as to the identity of the man in the CCTV to contact them.

“The victim in this case is an extremely vulnerable and elderly lady, and the suspect has managed somehow to con his way into her flat,” said PC Ashley Larkin.

“We’re eager to hear from anyone who might know or recognise the person on the CCTV image and would ask you to contact us as soon as possible, as we’re concerned they may be targeting other people in the area.”

Anyone with information or who recognises the person in the image should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 169846.

Firefighters are reminding people to cook safely and check their smoke alarms after crews rescued a woman from a flat blaze on Odessa Street  this morning.

The fire damaged part of a flat on the top floor of the seven storey block at New Caledonian Wharf and crews wearing breathing apparatus led the woman to safety down an internal staircase.

It is believed that the fire was started by cooking which had been left unattended.

Station Manager Pat Utting who was at the scene said: “We believe the fire began after a rice pot was left on a stove. Over 60 per cent  of London’s house fires start in the kitchen and we would urge people to never leave their cooking unattended as the consequences can be lethal.

“Unfortunately although the flat had a smoke alarm there was no battery in it.  It’s essential that your home is fitted with a working smoke alarm and that you check it regularly. You should also never remove the battery. Smoke alarms can buy you vital seconds to escape in the event of a fire. In this case the woman we rescued was only alerted after the rice pot on the cooker went ‘pop’.”

Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters and officers from Deptford, Peckham, New Cross, Old Kent Road and Greenwich fire stations attended the incident.  The woman was treated for smoke inhalation.