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

Review sought of William Hill on Acre Lane after drugs arrests

William_Hill_LogoFollowing complaints raised by residents at the Ferndale Safer Neighbourhood Partnership, the Police served a warrant under S.23 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 on
17th March at the William Hill bookmakers at 122-124 Acre Lane . Ten people were arrested – five for
possession with intent to supply cannabis, three for possession of cannabis and two members of staff for allowing the premises to be used for drug dealing. Alcohol was also being consumed on the premises.

There was concern that vulnerable persons may be harmed by the consumption of drugs on the premises and as a concern. As a consequence, the Police have sought a review of William Hill’s licence in order to prevent gambling from being a source of a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime and, protecting vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Continue reading

Next Brixton Hill police street meetings

metpoliceBrixton Hill’s Safer Neighbourhood Team are holding another set of street briefings where residents can raise issues with the local police and community support officers.

  • Friday 14 February, 12 noon – 12.30 outside Lidl on Acre Lane
  • Monday 17 February, 4 pm – 4.30 pm at the corner of Brixton Hill and Lambert Road

Help identify this Brixton bike thief

Brixton Blog are reporting that local police are appealing for help identifying a man who stole a bicycle and a bike wheel on Tuesday November 5 from the rear of the Town Hall.

The man’s image was captured on CCTV at 3.30pm. Anyone who recognises the person in the images is encouraged to contact PC Patzer on 0208 721 2623 or alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

This follows a recent small spate of thefts of bicycle wheels from the stands outside the Town Hall on Brixton Hill and Acre Lane. We would urge cyclists to be particularly cautious in locking their bikes and both wheels in the area.

Veranda Bar forced to close for eight weeks after ‘serious incident’

verandaAt a marathon session last night, Lambeth Council’s Licensing Sub Committee voted to suspend the licence of Veranda Bar on Acre Lane for eight weeks and impose stringent new conditions. This followed a ‘serious incident’ in October and representations by the police and Brixton Hill’s councillors.

The review of Veranda’s licence came about because of a shooting incident at the venue on 19 October. The police expressed serious concerns about how Veranda’s management had failed to prevent the gun coming onto the premises and how they had reacted to the incident subsequently. The police representations can be read here.

Around the same time, Brixton Hill’s councillors had been meeting with residents of Porden Road about major issues concerning anti-social behaviour, public nuisance and concern for public safety, with Veranda’s late-night clientele bearing much of the responsibility and with an inadequate response from the venue. As a consequence Councillor Martin Tiedemann made a representation to the Sub-committee detailing some of these issues and with recommendations for how these could be dealt with on top of the police recommendations in direct response to the shooting. Continue reading