A Message from the Shirley North Safer Neighbourhood Team

Life is getting more and more ‘normal’ as people return to work and children soon go back to school so we are back to business as usual.

Here are just a few of the things we have been dealing with since the last update in June…

22nd June – Dealt with an unlicensed music event (UME) which had the potential to get out of hand due to the large number of people in attendance in a park however due to the rapport built with the organiser, the event went smoothly with no issues.

1st July – Assisted our colleagues in the north of the borough with a drugs warrant at a car garage which resulted in a cannabis factory being found along with stolen cars and drugs. Two people were arrested for a number of offences.

14 July – Carried out a drugs warrant at a large residential property. Class A and B drugs were found, two people were dealt with for drug offences.

30th July – We were part of over 150 officers on a large operation in Croydon and Bromley which involved drug and firearm warrants being carried out at a number of addresses. Cannabis factories were found along with other drugs and large amounts of cash. Vehicles were also seized. Four people were arrested and are under investigation for a variety of offences.

7th August – We assisted one of our ‘sister teams’ Broad Green with two drugs warrants after complaints from neighbours abut properties believed to be used as ‘drug dens’. Drugs were found and one person was dealt with for the offence.

8th August – Arrested someone who made threats with a knife during a road rage incident.

13th August – Assisted our ‘sister team’ Shirley South with a drugs warrant on the Shrublands Estate where cannabis was found at the address.

14th August – Stopped a car and found a large amount of cash and drugs inside it. A search of their house found further drugs. The occupant was charged with possession of cannabis.

15th August – Following information about an unlicensed music event arranged to take place at a residential address on our ward, I spoke to the occupant to obtain full details of the planned event which had been circulated on social media creating a risk of ‘gate crashers’ arriving. Following advice from us and the licencing team, the hosts decided against having the party which prevented potential issues arising for them as well as neighbours.

18th August – Assisted with two drug warrants on Shirley South – cannabis was found and one person issued with a cannabis warning.

25th August – Stopped a car which was linked to a group known for drugs and weapons, one of whom had been arrested on the Shrublands Estate the night before after running from police and discarding a large machete. The four occupants of the car were searched. One was found to be in possession of cannabis and was shown as ‘wanted’ for human trafficking offences and he was arrested for the cannabis and human trafficking.

Feel free to make us aware of any issues on our email address which is SNMailbox-.ShirleyNorthSNT@met.police.uk

Please make sure to report crime on 101 or 999 as appropriate rather than reporting to our inbox as it is not monitored 24/7.

You can also report crime online on our website: https://www.met.police.uk/