POLICE APPEALS AFTER ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIM DIES / WOMAN ATTACKED IN CROYDON

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward in connection with a traffic collision in Penge that has now proven fatal.

Police were called shortly after 06:47hrs on Sunday, 18 March, to reports of two vehicles colliding on the crossroads of Parish Lane and Thesiger Road, SE20.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended.

The driver and passengers of one of the cars – a white Mercedes – stopped at the scene to assist officers. Nobody travelling in the Mercedes was seriously injured.

The occupants of the second car – a silver Ford Focus – fled the scene.

Wesley Ifill, 25, from the London area, was taken to a south London hospital. He died from his injuries on Friday, 23 March. Next of kin have been informed.

Detectives from the Met’s roads and transport policing command are investigating and would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw anyone running away from that area. In addition, detectives are keen to obtain any dash-cam footage that may be available.

Two males have been arrested in connection with this collision.

A] A 21-year-old male was arrested on Wednesday, 21 March on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

B] A 19-year-old male was arrested on Wednesday, 21 March on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

Both males were taken to a central London police station and were subsequently released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Det Con Patrick Allen of the roads and transport policing command is leading the investigation. He said: “Although this collison took place before 07:00hrs when few people were around, we do know that there were some witnesses.

“This collision has ultimately taken a young man’s life. “I urge anyone who saw what happened to come forward. “Please don’t assume that someone else will have come forward – speak to us yourself – all information is treated in the strictest confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at Catford on 020 8285 1574 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

APPEAL OVER CROYDON SEXUAL ASSAULT

[E-fit of suspect]

Police in Croydon have issued an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak in connection with a serious sexual assault.

On 19 July 2017 at 19:00hrs, the victim, a 17-year-old female, went to the ponds in Christie Drive, Croydon.

Whilst there she was approached by a male who introduced himself as  ‘Dave’. He took the victim to a secluded part of the area, where he kissed her on the cheek before sexually assaulting her.

The suspect then took the victim to his car, where she was forced to undress. She was then driven to an unknown location where she was sexually assaulted again.

The suspect stopped his attack after he believed he saw an unmarked police car drive by. He then drove the victim back to the ponds and let her out of the car.

After speaking to her family, the victim was encouraged to report the incident to police.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 50 years old, with short grey hair and stubble. He was described as having very small lips and wore black rimmed glasses. The victim noticed he smoked menthol cigarretes and wore a gold wedding ring as he had said that he was married.

DS Ella Yardley, who is leading the investigatin, said: “Alongside the e-fit, the victim has given a distinct description of the suspect fs habits and possible personal life. Does this sound like someone you know? Anyone with information is encouraged to contact us as soon as possible.”

Those with information can call 02087214106, or call police on 101.

Alternalitely, to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.  (Source: Metropolitan Police press releases)

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