Brixton Hill off-licence applies to go 24-hour

license1Top Joe’s, who have taken over UK Food & Wine at 262 Brixton Hill, have applied for the ability to sell alcohol 24 hours, seven days a week. Currently sales of alcohol are only permitted 8am to 11pm through the week and 10am to 10.30pm Sundays.

Last year the Licensing Sub Committee placed strong restrictions on the licence of UK Food & Wine after representations by the Council, Police and Cllr Martin Tiedemann. There were reports of sexual harassment, public nuisance and crime at the area, exacerbated by the sale of alcohol especially high strength alcohol and spirits. The store was found to be selling smuggled alcohol and there were other management issues. At the hearing, Licensing members decided to restrict the kinds of alcohol the store could sell and make other provisions to ensure the management kept to their responsibilities.

The new management are now seeking approval to extend the hours. Residents can make representations, either for or against, by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk – any representation must relate to at least one of the licensing objectives: preventing crime and disorder; public safety; preventing public nuisance; or protecting children from harm.

The deadline for representations has been extended to 15 October 2016.

Incredible community support for injured Lyham Road shopkeeper

6628581_1446558648.7178Last month the shopkeeper at the corner shop on Lyham Road was shot in the face with a pellet gun during an armed robbery. The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for numerous wounds to his face. Some of the pellets lodged in his eyes and he will require further surgery to remove the pellets and save his sight.

Councillors Garden and Tiedemann visited the shop the next day to offer support to the family and the police continue to appeal for witnesses with CCTV images. But Lyham Road residents have come together to organise an incredible show of community support with a crowdfunded campaign that has raised over £1,500 for the shopkeeper. Continue reading

Man arrested in connection with sexual assaults in Brixton Hill

Brixton Hill councillors have welcomed the news that an arrest has been made in connection with what is believed to be a linked series of sexual assaults in the Brixton Hill/Clapham area earlier this week.

A video that has been widely shared by the national media showed one of the assaults allegedly taking place and was terrifying to watch. Local residents should be congratulated for their efforts to highlight the video and trace the suspect.

If any residents have further information they believe may be useful to the police, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

Morley’s customer may be key to Brixton Hill rape case

cctvPolice are appealing for help tracing a woman who may have information after a rape on Brixton Hill. Detectives have released a CCTV image after a woman in her 20s was attacked off Brixton Hill in the early hours of Sunday 2nd August.

The woman was allegedly approached by a man she did not know, before being dragged into a secluded area and raped.

Police said the woman they released an image of is seen going into Morley’s Chicken shop on Brixton Hill at around 2.39am, before the attack took place.

A spokesman added: “The woman, who is white and believed to be aged in her mid-20s, was wearing a light coloured dress. As she came out of the shop, she was approached by a man with whom she walks up Brixton Hill towards Streatham.

“The woman may be able to help detectives investigating an allegation of rape committed nearby later that morning.”

A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with rape on Tuesday, August 11, and is due in court in November, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8721 4106 or via 101.

Killer of Alim Uddin pleads guilty to murder

Brixton Hill councillors have welcomed the news that a 16-year-old boy who stabbed a Brixton Hill A-level student to death in a row over a £90 bike is facing a life sentence after he confessed to murder.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, killed 17-year-old Alim Uddin at a block on the Roupell Park estate. The killer had apparently taken Alim’s money then failed to deliver the bicycle. He has confessed to stabbing Mr Uddin after they arranged to meet at Tilford House on Holmewood Gardens on May 4 this year. Continue reading