An Update from the Shirley North Safer Neighbourhood Team

At the beginning of October Shirley North had many complaints from neighbours on Cottongrass Close. It was believed that an address was being used as a care home and residents were causing problems. The address did not have a license to be anything other than a residential home. With help from Croydon Council and Shirley Oaks Management we was able to  issue the manager of the property a letter asking that they vacate by 21st October, as it is a care facility and the deeds of the land prevent such use. Now that they have vacated we have had no other issues.

On the 4th of November while on mobile patrol up at Shirley hills two people were searched and arrested for Class A controlled drugs. This is a good result, Shirley Hills is known for drug taking and sexual activity.

Recently we have conducted two warrants in Shirley North and South, both have been positive finds for Class B drugs and suspects have been issued cautions.

Due to Christmas fast approaching can we please remind residents that your doors, windows and cars are left locked and secure when you are not in them.

Within the last few days we were sent video footage of two incidents overnight which involved people trying car doors, luckily they were locked but this is not always the case.

As the evenings are now darker much earlier, please consider using timers for lights and lamps inside your house as a dark house is often obvious as an empty one. If we can see that you are out, so can burglars.

Please stay safe during this lockdown.

Report crime by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.

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

Shirley North Safer Neighbourhood Team – Attempted theft from vehicles

Can we please remind you all to make sure your doors, windows and cars are left locked and secure when you are not in them.

Just today we were sent video footage of two incidents overnight which involved people trying car doors. Luckily they were locked but this is not always the case.

As the evenings are now darker much earlier, please consider using timers for lights and lamps inside your house as a dark house is often obvious as an empty one. If we can see that you are out, so can burglars.

Please stay safe during this lockdown.

Report crime by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.

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

 

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/