CROYDON POLICE CADETS WIN ANNUAL COMPETITION / RENEWED APPEAL FOR WITNESSES FOLLOWING ACCIDENT – BMW DRIVER FAILED TO STOP /  SCOOTER RIDER ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE /  WITNESSES SOUGHT TO LINKED ROBBERIES

The Croydon Police Cadets with assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt

Croydon Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) have come top in a London-wide competition designed to test the youngsters’ policing knowledge, physical skills and team dynamics.

Over 400 teenage cadets – a record number – came from every London borough to compete in a range of scenarios, which included a Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear (CBRN) incident, a road traffic collision, searching of a house, the shield run, gathering evidence and basic drills.

The competition, which took place on Sunday, 8 July, saw assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt presenting the top award to the Croydon cadets. Tower Hamlets and Lewisham cadets were also presented with trophies after they finished in second and third places respectively.

Police Sergeant Luke Entwistle, from the Met’s youth strategy team, said: “This year’s competition saw record numbers of cadets from every borough selflessly give up their own time to get involved.

“We are so proud all those who took part, including officers, staff and volunteers who assisted in the smooth running of the competition, despite the blistering hot weather conditions!”

The Volunteer Police Cadet programme helps to make London safer by reducing youth vulnerability to crime through enhancing young people’s ability to make the right choices, contribute and achieve.

It also assists young people in developing positive and proactive contact with the police on their own terms.

To find out more about the Met’s VPC visit: http://content.met.police.uk/Site/cadets

RENEWED APPEAL FOR WITNESSES FOLLOWING ACCIDENT – BMW DRIVER FAILED TO STOP

Detectives are renewing their appeal for information just over one week on from a serious fail to stop collision in Croydon.

Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service at 06:19hrs on Saturday, 23 June, to reports of a collision between a car and a cyclist on Whitehorse Road at the junction with Northbrook Road in Selhurst.

The 60-year-old cyclist was taken to a south London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Detectives have established that the collision occurred at 06:13hrs on 23 June. The car – which was a black 2 series BMW – did not stop at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Jo Densham, from the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command, said: “After one week, the cyclist sadly remains in a very serious condition in hospital. I am urging the driver to get in touch and help us build a picture of what happened in the lead up to this incident.”

Officers are appealing for the driver of the BMW to come forward. They are also asking any witnesses or anyone with information to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford on 020 8285 1574.

Enquiries continue. There has been no arrest at this stage.

SCOOTER RIDER ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE

Officers from the Met’s Operation Venice, which tackles scooter-related crime, have arrested a male following a pursuit on suspicion of stealing the scooter he was riding.

On the morning of Wednesday, 27 June, a solo MPS rider on a slim line BMW motorcycle was carrying out routine checks in South Norwood when his suspicions were aroused by a particular scooter’s condition. He signalled for the rider to pull over to check his driving documents, at which point the rider took off at speed.

The officer gave chase, continually risk assessing the situation as we he travelled. He also called for the support of a police helicopter and Tactical Pursuit and Containment vehicles.

The rider continued through Norwood, frequently mounting pedestrian footpaths. At this point a police helicopter took over the pursuit and the rider was not being followed by the police motorcycle.

The rider turned into Rothschild Street where he rode into a van coming from the other direction and received minor injuries. He abandoned his scooter and continued on foot into an industrial estate, all the while being monitored by the police helicopter. He removed his outer clothing and helmet.

Local officers, directed by the helicopter, cornered and detained the suspect. He was arrested on suspicion of taking and driving away; failing to stop; and dangerous driving.

The vehicle, his outer clothing and helmet have been seized for investigative purposes.

The London Ambulance Service attended and treated the suspect for minor injuries. He will attend a South London police station later today.

Enquiries are ongoing.

WITNESSES SOUGHT TO LINKED ROBBERIES
 
Police in south London are appealing for witnesses following two linked robberies on Sunday, 24 June.

In the first incident, police were called to Albion Way in Lewisham at approximately 13:30hrs.

Two male victims, aged 26 and 32, were walking through a car park when they noticed two males on mopeds.

They drove towards the victims and mounted the pavement. The victims shouted for help but the suspects reached into their bags and took hold of something which was not seen by the victims.

In fear of the suspects being in possession of a weapon, the 26-year-old man handed over his watch and ring and the suspects fled.

In the second incident, officers were called to Hayes Lane in Beckenham at approximately 14:15hrs.

The victims, two males aged 17 and 58, were walking along Romanhurst Gardens in the direction of Kingwood Avenue when two male suspects approached them on a moped.

Both suspects dismounted and dragged the 58-year-old victim into the road before snatching a necklace he was wearing. At this point, a bus stopped in the road and some passengers attempted to intervene.

One suspect produced a firearm and threatened the 17-year-old boy to surrender the necklace.

The two suspects then rode off on the moped towards Shortlands Road.

The suspects in both incidents are described as wearing black helmets, tracksuits and gloves.

Detective Sergeant Miles Fuller, from the CID in Bromley, said: “Although our investigation is in its early stages, the two incidents are being treated as linked and I would urge any witnesses get in touch.

“The victims have understandably been left terrified by this violent behaviour and we are working tirelessly to find those responsible.

“These were brazen offences in broad daylight and I would advise all members of the public to be vigilant of thieves who may be on the look out to steal items of jewellery that are easy to grab and steal.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Bromley CID on 101 quoting reference 4489/24Jun

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org (Source: Metropolitan Police press releases)

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