Southwark police have made a renewed appeal to the public asking for assistance in identifying a man whose dead body was found floating in Greenland Dock six months ago.
Police were called to the dock at 4.40pm on 18 September 2012 after members of the public saw the body in the water. The Metropolitan Police Service’s Marine Policing Unit recovered the body.
A post-mortem examination was conducted at Greenwich Mortuary on 19 September. Police are treating the death as unexplained, but not suspicious.
Despite extensive police enquiries the man remains unidentified.
Southwark CID has released an artist’s impression of the man’s face in the hope that someone will recognise him.
The man is described as black, giving the appearance of being aged in his early to mid-thirties. He is described as being 6′ 2″ (1.89 metres) tall and of heavy build.
The body was fully clothed, wearing a black ‘Tommy Hilfiger’ long-sleeved T-shirt, blue jeans with a belt, and black ‘Kangol’ slip-on shoes.
Detective Inspector Ed Facer said: “It is difficult to believe that the man has not been missed by someone over the last six months – be it a family member, friend, neighbour, work acquaintance or member of the deceased’s local community.
“I would ask the public to spend a moment to look at the artist impression, together with the physical and clothing description provided, and contact the police if they have any information.”
Anyone with information should contact Southwark CID on 020 7232 7313 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
This image shows a man police want to speak to after a woman had her mobile phone snatched whilst on a Jubilee line train at Bermondsey Station at around 1.30pm on 10 December 2012.
Detective Inspector Jim Chamberlain said: “Incidents of this nature are frightening and intimidating for the victims involved and we are determined to find those responsible.
“Officers investigating each of these cases have carried out a number of enquiries to try and establish the identity of these people, including speaking to witnesses and circulating images on police intelligence systems, but to no avail so far.
“We’re now asking for help from the public to identify them. If you know any of these eight people and can tell us who they are, we want to hear from you.”
DI Chamberlain added: “A few simple precautions can help protect your belongings. Remember to zip up your bags, keep your jewellery, mobile phones, purses, wallets and MP3 players hidden and stay alert to what’s going on around you.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting B14 LUA of 06/03/13. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Children at Redriff Primary School have been visited by police officers and PCSOs from Surrey Docks safer neighbourhoods team as part of the pupils’ ‘super heroes in the community’ project.
The local SNT members talked to the reception classes about what the police do, how they help members of the public and important crime prevention advice such as how to stay safe.
The team brought a police van to the school so the children could sit inside, hear the sirens and be shown all the equipment used by officers to help them arrive at a scene quickly.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to share important crime prevention advice and to be a part of their ‘super heroes in the community’ project,” said PCSO Amy Kempson.
“The whole team enjoyed meeting all the children and must have made an impression as a few days after the school visit, the children sent pictures they drew for the team of their special day!”
Under the Localism Act people can petition a council to designate a building as an asset of community value (ACV).
Buildings that are successfully listed cannot be sold without first giving community groups the right to bid for them in order to use them for community benefit.
Someone has applied to have Rotherhithe Police Station – which is intended for closure and sale – designated as such an asset.
The council has said ‘no’.
It’s only the second time the ACV procedure has been used in Southwark. Last autumn the Ivy House pub in Nunhead was granted ACV status by the council.
Last week Southwark borough commander John Sutherland told Bermondsey & Rotherhithe Community Council that the Met is “actively seeking” a suitable location for a contact point (or ‘front counter’) in SE16 but that there are “no guarantees” that such a facility will be provided.
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:
- Southwark Council’s new ‘My Southwark‘ shop in the square at the Blue
- A London Underground Station
- Surrey Quays Shopping Centre
- Lower Road shops [opposite Osprey Estate]
- Albion Street
- Jamaica Road
- Canada Water tube and bus station
- Bermondsey tube station
- Surrey Docks overground station
- Rotherhithe overground station
- 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.”
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.