OFF LICENCES GIVEN FIXED PENALTY NOTICES Cyclists stopped for riding on pavements

TWO OFF LICENCES in the Triangle area have had fixed penalty notices served on them after serving street drinkers who were “clearly drunk at the time” say police.

The action comes as part of a crackdown by Crystal Palace Triangle policing team on street drinkers and beggars, pavement cycling – and drivers jumping the red light when turning right from Westow Street onto Westow Hill by the Sparrowhawk pub (formerly the Holly Bush)Street drinking: “Members of the community have commented a lot on the fact that most of the drinkers have now moved completely from the
vicinity” say the policing team.”Your local policing team have been targeting and identifying the street drinkers and beggars in and around the Triangle which has seen a big improvement over the last three to four weeks,

The action is being taken  to disrupt and deter the street drinkers and those
whom commit anti-social behaviour whilst intoxicated.

“We are dealing with this by talking with the street drinkers to inform them how their behaviour and actions can affect other members of the public.

“The odd one or two that remain are being dealt with accordingly.”

Two local off licences have received fixed penalty notices for selling alcohol to street drinkers who were clearly drunk at the time.

Beggars: Street beggars who “congregate in and around the ward” are being moved on.

Cyclists on pavements:  More than ten cyclists caught riding their bikes on pavements have been told they will be given fixed penalty notices if they continue with their actions.

“We have stopped and spoken to over ten cyclists that have been cycling on the pavements and also cycling against the traffic and warned them in relation to the dangers and consequences of their actions.

“Furthermore one arrest has been made due to this.”

Red lights: More than 16 fixed penalty notices have been issued to drivers during traffic enforcement days in the area.

“Notices have been given for various offences from driving whilst using a mobile phone to jumping the red traffic lights at Westow Street junction with Westow Hill.

“We have also seized two uninsured vehicles.”

Source: Crystal Palace Triangle policing team website – see under:
Crystal Palace Triangle priorities and promises.


Salon owner and PC Alex Woolley outside the salon with the charity box




Police have reunited a hair salon on the Triangle with a distinctive charity box after a man was convicted of stealing it from outside the premises.

The charity box, moulded in the shape of a guide dog, was stolen from outside the Jay Michaels hair salon in Westow Street in January with an estimated £150 inside the box, which had been donated by local people to the charity.

Officers from the Upper Norwood Safer Neighbourhoods Team carried out an investigation into the theft and following a search of an address in Hermitage Road, SE19 police recovered the charity box.

Following further enquiries officers arrested a 31 year old man from Hermitage Road.  The man appeared via video link at Camberwell Green magistrates court on April 2nd and pleaded guilty to the theft.

He was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment, which was suspended for six months and fined £200.

PC Alex Woolley, from the Upper Norwood Safer Neighbourhoods Team, who investigated the case said:

“We’re glad that we have been able to reunite the shop and the community with the iconic charity box. “It’s a much-loved feature of the area and also supports a great cause, so a lot of people were upset when it was stolen.

“The dog has taken pride of place in the area for many years, raising hundreds, if not thousands of pounds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity. Hopefully it will be there now for many years to come.”

Photo: PC Alex Woolley reunites guide dog charity box with Jay Michaels salon in Westow Street

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