Sgt Rob Goodwin, in charge of our neighbourhood team, has sent this report of recent activity:
1 ) We are urgently working with partners Affinity & Sutton to improve security at Goudhurst House SE20 in response to drug related nuisance inside and outside the block. Connected to this was the arrest & subsequent caution of a local male for shoplifting.
2) Successful seizures and direct police intervention has led to the arrest of five people in four separate incidents for possession of cannabis and class A drugs. They are on police bail pending further enquiries. All of these results were down to pro activity of the boroughs police officers targeting known addresses, people or vehicles that were linked through intelligence to drug misuse.
Robbery – 62 Beckenham Road – SWEET NEWS , 9th May 2014 1155am
Police are appealing for witnesses of a violent robbery which occurred on 9th May 2014 , 1155 hours at 62 Beckenham Road, “Sweet News” . Three people on two separate mopeds pulled up outside and entered the store. One of the suspects proceeded to forcibly remove a wristwatch from the shop proprietor’s arm and then they made off. Detectives from Bromley CID are investigating.
Swift intervention of local policing teams led to an arrest of two men for grievous bodily harm outside the Crooked Billet pub on 24th April 2014.
A male in his forties was treated at the scene by police and paramedics for serious facial injuries. Police officers from the neighbourhood policing team were passing by when the assault took place and so were able to detain the perpetrators instantly.
Dedicated ward officer news
We are currently working with Home Office Immigration to deal with growing issue of migrant workers from Eastern Europe who find themselves homeless and destitute on the streets of Penge. This approach was not the first step. To begin with we got hold of various supportive agencies during winter months, and sought the men’s views and wishes. After trying unsuccessfully to support them which included trying for accommodation, we now have to listen and respond to numerous complaints from local residents and businesses who have experienced serious anti social behaviour from some of these men. The initiative with the Home Office is still supportive in the first instances. However using legislation , if the men do not seek help they will find themselves being deported to their home countries. We hope the community understands and appreciates every alternative method has been tried with no success. We welcome any views, positive or negative, please get in touch.
The long running strategy of improving local housing estates continues. Extra police resources are brought into the area at least once per month to conduct patrols aimed at improving satisfaction and to reduce anti social behaviour, predominantly on The Groves Estate.
Penge Police Station front counter service
A reminder, this facility at Copperfield House on Maple Road is open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm.
It is closed to the public outside those hours , during public holidays and between 3pm & 4pm.
You can report crimes, seek advice, hand in lost or believed stolen property found in the street. London taxi drivers with yellow or green licences can hand in property found in cabs [TfL licensed cabs only]
A police phone has recently been installed outside , which is connected directly to South London’s police communication hub at Lambeth.
So effectively it is now a 24/7 police contact point. Please use it !