On New Year’s Eve the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) published details of its deal with Southwark Council to relocate the 54 officers based at Rotherhithe Police Station to the nearby Seven Islands Leisure Centre.

The front counter at Rotherhithe Police Station closed in summer 2013 but the building is still the base for the neighbourhood policing team covering the north-eastern corner of Southwark.

In October 2013 Southwark Council offered the Met £250,000 towards the cost of creating a new police base at Seven Islands, just across Lower Road from the police station.

MOPAC says that new locker rooms and showers for the police officers will be created in the redundant gym and backstage area at Seven Islands, whilst the police offices will be located in a new modular building (aka prefab or Portakabin type structure) adjoining the leisure centre.

This plan is expected to cost a total of £499,000.

MOPAC has agreed a ten-year lease with the council but the local authority has the option to terminate the agreement after five years as plans are afoot to replace Seven Islands with a new leisure centre at Canada Water.

MOPAC says that the existing Rotherhithe Police Station has a maintenance backlog estimated at £935,000.

Once Rotherhithe Police Station is empty it will be put up for sale by MOPAC.

A child was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after they were hit by a car in Salter Road.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service just before 6pm on Wednesday evening.

The child was taken to a south London hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and no-one has been arrested.

A murder investigation has been launched after a man shot in the head in Rotherhithe on Sunday afternoon died in hospital.

The 18-year-old man was injured following an incident in Mossington Gardens on the Abbeyfield Estate at approximately 1.55pm on Sunday.

He was taken to an east London hospital where he died on Monday afternoon.

Officers investigating the murder have made two arrests. A man aged 36 was arrested at an address in south London in the early hours of Monday. Another man, aged 21 was arrested after he handed himself in at a south London police station late on Monday. Both men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody at a south London police station.

A 19-year-old man who was also injured in the incident has been released from hospital following treatment. He was not shot.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn is leading  the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4805; alternatively contact Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or

Officers retain an open mind as to the motive behind this incident but there is nothing to suggest at this stage that it was gang related.

From the blog of Riverside Lib Dem councillor Anood Al-Samerai:

I also went along to our ward Safer Neighbourhood police meeting to raise serious concern about the area around Bermondsey tube station. It seems to have become a location for street drinking, begging and littering instead of the proud entrance to our area it should be. The police team agreed this as their priority for the next six weeks, our panel chair (another marvellous local resident) is writing to the Borough Commander and I am also raising the matter with the council.

Police are investigating a burglary at FA Albin & Sons funeral directors in Culling Road.

It is believed that the burglary took place overnight between Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July.

Officers from Southwark CID are investigating and no arrests have yet been made.


Anyone with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Steven Dunne

A man who attacked and raped a woman in the street was this week sentenced to seven years in jail at Woolwich Crown Court.

24-year-old Steven Dunne from Peckham had pleaded guilty on the 5 March to one count of rape and one count of robbery following the attack on 10 November 2013.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, was walking to work along Surrey Quays Road at around 6.45am.

As she made her way along the street, the victim realised she was being followed by Dunne, who was wearing a hooded top.

Dunne suddenly rushed at the woman and grabbed her, forcing her from the street into bushes where he orally raped her and robbed her of cash. He also threatened to kill her during the ordeal.

Dunne made off from the scene, threatening the victim that she should remain in the bushes until for five minutes after he had gone. Once she was sure Dunne had left the scene, the victim reported the incident to police.

The victim was supported after her ordeal by trained officers from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse (SOECA) Command and staff at Haven. Officers obtained DNA evidence which matched that of Steven Dunne.

Dunne was subsequently arrested on 15 November 2013 and charged the same day.

PC Carol Day said: “Steven Dunne committed a violent and terrifying rape on a woman walking to her workplace in the early hours of the morning.

“The victim in this case was traumatised by the attack, but with support has found the determination to see her attacker sent to prison for a long time.”

Detective Inspector Faye Churchyard  said: “The victim was subjected to the terrifying ordeal that all women fear, being attacked alone on a deserted street.

“She has seen justice today in the conviction of the man who attacked her.

“We hope this sends a strong message to all victims that they will be supported and that justice will prevail.

“There may be others Steven Dunne has attacked and I urge them to come forward and tell us what has happened to them.”

The St James Supermarket at the corner of Southwark Park Road and St James’s Road is facing a review of its 24-hour premises licence.

Full details on the council website.

Prevention of Crime and disorder

  • The business had in possession for supply 69 bottles of alcohol where no duty had been paid and/or the product was counterfeit.
  • Failure to implement conditions of licence as outlined.

Public Safety

  • Counterfeit Smirnoff was seized. Counterfeit alcohol is usually manufactured in uncontrolled environments with minimal/no quality control and the alcohol used often of a grade that is not suitable for personal consumption.

The prevention of public nuisance

  • The provision of a bottle opener hanging on a piece of string at the counter and the offer to use it for the customer permitted alcohol to be consumed on the premise and to allow alcohol to be readily consumed on the streets was likely to lead to public nuisance
  • Failure to display a notice in a position where it can be read by customer a notice asking customers to respect neighbours by discouraging noise

The protection of children from harm

  • >Failure to adopt and implement an age verification scheme including the use of a refusal book for the purpose of recording all refused sales of alcohol and a recognised training scheme for all staff concerned with the sale or supply of intoxicating liquor, records of which shall be kept and made available for inspection.)

The 24-hour Costcutter store in Southwark Park Road is facing a review of its premises licence after officers from Southwark Council’s trading standards department and HM Revenue & Customs seized 210 bottles of alcohol.

During the inspection on 31 January officers found dozens of bottles  where no duty had been paid and/or the product was counterfeit:

  • 126 bottles of Smirnoff vodka (70cl)
  • 10 bottles of Smirnoff vodka (1 Litre)
  • 17 bottles of Famous Grouse Whisky (70cl)
  • 18 bottles of Bells whisky (70cl)
  • 31 bottles of Glens vodka (70cl) also identified as counterfeit
  • 8 bottles of High Commissioner whisky (70cl)
  • 24 bottles of wine (70cl)

Read more about the irregularities found during the inspection on the council’s licensing register.