GUN POINTED AT POLICE IN CROYDON (and photographs of individuals police want to talk to in connection with other unrelated offences)

A gun was pointed at police in Croydon after they had arrested a suspect following a burglary on a mobile phone shop.

At approximately 01:20hrs on Wednesday, 29 August, response team officers who were on patrol in Peckham came across a burglary in progress at a mobile phone shop in Rye Lane, SE15.

The two officers, who were in a marked police car, saw two suspects inside the shop and a third waiting outside on a moped.

One suspect [‘A’ aged 24] was detained at the scene by an officer, while his colleague attempted to detain the other two [‘B’ and ‘C’] who got on the moped.

The suspects on the moped used this to encircle officers, threatening them and pushing and kicking them in the process. This resulted in ‘A’ making off on foot, while the other two males rode off on the moped. Neither officer was seriously injured.

Suspect ‘A’ was pursued by the officers, and minutes later he was recaptured nearby by additional officers who had been called to provide urgent assistance. A Taser was discharged, and ‘A’ was arrested and taken away in a police van.

Before taking him to custody, officers in the police van attended an address in Croydon along with ‘A’ to carry out a search under Section 18 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

Once the search was complete they left the address to take ‘A’ to the police station. While they were in the van, two males on a moped pulled up alongside the police van and pointed a firearm towards officers. Enquiries are ongoing to establish whether these two males were suspects ‘B’ and ‘C’.

No shots were fired, and the officers drove away from the scene with ‘A’ who was taken into custody at a south London police station. Urgent enquiries continue to identify the other suspects involved.

Simon Messinger, Central South Area Commander, said: “Two suspects remain outstanding, and these are clearly reckless and dangerous individuals. “Our priority now is to identify and arrest them.

“This once again demonstrates the bravery of officers who put themselves in harm’s way every day in order to protect the public.

“Fortunately the officers only received minor injuries and, thanks to the rapid support of colleagues, one of the suspects was detained.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call Trident officers on 101 or message via Twitter @MetCC. Quote CAD 412/29AUG.

To give information anonymously please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online via crimestoppers-uk.org.  (Source: Metropolitan Police press release)

….and photographs of individuals police want to talk to in connection with other unrelated offences

Detectives investigating a Croydon incident in which a man was robbed and stabbed are releasing an image of a male they would like to speak with in connection with their enquiries.

On Wednesday, 20 June, officers were at Croydon University Hospital regarding a separate matter, when they noticed a man suffering from stab wounds to his leg.

It transpired that on Monday, 18 June between 18:30hrs and 19:30hrs, the 22-year-old victim had been sitting in his vehicle outside a parade of shops on Woodville Road, Croydon when he was approached by two males, who, following a short conversation with the victim, forced their way into his car pushing him into the passenger seat. They drove to a corner shop on Beulah Road where the victim was forced to make a withdrawal from a cash machine.

They then returned to the original location in Woodville Road where, on seeing his friends in a nearby car, the victim got out of the car and ran to the other vehicle. He was followed by the two suspects who also forced their way into this second vehicle. A fight ensued, during which the victim was stabbed in the leg.

The suspects got out of the car and ran from the scene. Friends of the victim drove him to hospital.

Officers are keen to speak to 21-year-old Leonard Knowles, who is from the Croydon area, in connection with this investigation.

Members of the public are asked not to approach Knowles but to call 101 quoting reference CAD 6650/18June. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

+ A man has been charged in connection with this incident. (Source: Metropolitan Police press release)

Detectives in Lewisham are appealing to identify three men involved in the theft from an 88-year-old man

The offence happened on Wednesday, 25 July at about 10:00hrs in Downham Way, Bromley.

The victim had collected some savings from a bank and was walking to his home.

He was approached by two men, who were described as east European and aged 30 to 40.

One men distracted the elderly man, while the other stole his money and debit card.

The suspects took £250 in cash and used the debit card to withdraw a further £900 from his account.

Detectives are releasing CCTV images of three men who were seen to be involved in the use of the debit card.

Detective Sergeant Lee Barnard, from Lewisham CID, said: “The suspects have clearly followed the victim nearly two miles from the bank before robbing him. This is a deplorable crime, the victim is clearly vulnerable, walks with a stick and is very frail. I am very keen to identify the suspects, as I am sure this is a well-rehearsed crime and I want to prevent anyone else falling victim.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 3040/27July.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org (Source: Metropolitan Police press release)

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