Following the Mayor’s proposals to close police stations across London, and to open other police front counters to replace them, Simon Hughes MP and Southwark Liberal Democrats are asking for views from SE16 residents on where they would like most to see the new Rotherhithe front counter to open.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has told the MP that Rotherhithe Police Station will not close without opening a suitable alternative that is able to serve both Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.

However, Southwark Council leader Peter John this week told council assembly that MOPAC and the Met has not been able to tell the local authority how much it is willing to spend on the new front counters and this is hampering council efforts to identify possible locations.

Simon Hughes MP the Southwark Liberal Democrats are asking for people to put in order of preference the following potential sites for a new SE16 police counter, and to make any other suggestions.

Sites suggested by Simon Hughes MP and Liberal Democrats in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe are:

  1. Southwark Council’s new ‘My Southwark‘ shop in the square at the Blue
  2. A London Underground Station
  3. Surrey Quays Shopping Centre
  4. Lower Road shops [opposite Osprey Estate]
  5. Albion Street
  6. Jamaica Road
  7. Canada Water tube and bus station
  8. Bermondsey tube station
  9. Surrey Docks overground station
  10. Rotherhithe overground station
  11. Nearest available place to the Jamaica Road/Lower Road roundabout

Rank your five top suggestions here.

“Most people in our local communities do not want to see the closure of any existing police station. But if Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, decides that Rotherhithe will close on its present site, then the community needs to find the best possible alternative,” said Simon Hughes MP.

“I hope that with a large response from people who live in SE16, we can give a clear indication to the Mayor as to where we want the Rotherhithe to be based in the years ahead.

“I am clear that the police should be based where the public can easily find them, talk to them and report crime and other information. I shall do all I can to make sure that we end up with the best possible alternative police base as well as the maximum number of police and police community support officers on our streets and around SE16.”

A South Bermondsey man who threatened and delayed ambulance workers getting to a patient  was this week (Wednesday 21 November) sentenced to eight weeks in prison and ordered to pay £600 compensation and costs.

Pierpaolo Melis, 43, was convicted of verbal assault at Camberwell Magistrates Court for the incident on 5 September on the Rennie Estate on Rotherhithe New Road.

Deptford emergency medical technicians Alison Butcher and Clive Harris were on their way to treat an elderly lady who had fallen.

Clive said: “When we arrived, we parked the ambulance next to a green making sure we didn’t block in other cars. Suddenly we saw a man running towards us yelling something, and our first thought was that he needed medical help.

“But instead he was shouting abuse at us and accused us of blocking the view from his flat, even though the ambulance was parked 60 feet from his window.

“He caught up with us by the lift and put his arm across the door blocking us getting to the patient. We tried to explain that we needed to go and assess the patient to find out how seriously ill or injured she was.”

Alison added: “I hit the emergency button and the police arrived shortly after to detain him.

“It was a very frightening experience – I’m just glad it’s over and that justice has been done. The judge was keen to send out a message to the public that emergency services should not be threatened while carrying out their duties.”

Mr Melis was ordered to pay £125 to both Alison and Clive, and £350 prosecution costs.

Deptford Ambulance Operations Manager Graham Norton said: “This case demonstrates that assaults on staff will not be tolerated and we will pursue prosecution. Our staff should be able to treat patients in their community without fear of being attacked.”

Rotherhithe Police Station

The sale of the Rotherhithe Police Station building in Lower Road has been agreed in principle, Mayor of London Boris Johnson confirmed this week.

“Further approval will be sought before the property is marketed for disposal,” said the Mayor.

Mr Johnson has gone back on his earlier promise not to close any police station front counters until a replacement facility was provided in the same area.

All the Mayor will now say is that “every borough will have at least one 24 hour counter”.

A police inspector recently told Borough, Bankside and Walworth Community Council that Southwark’s 24-hour police station is likely to be Peckham.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in Bermondsey.

Shortly before midnight on Friday 13 April (into Saturday morning) the victim was in Southwark Park Road at the junction with Galleywall Road.

The victim was approached from behind by a man and raped under a railway arch on Southwark Park Road.

The suspect is described as a black man, around 5″ 8′ tall, stocky build, between 30 and 40 years old with a scar on his left cheek. He was wearing a denim jacket and denim trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives from Sapphire on 020 7232 6182 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.