Why row over military budgets when Croydon needs more police?

Posted on August 6th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 7 comments

As violent crime continues to grow, police numbers carry on falling

As surprising at it may be following Gavin Williamson’s, Minister of Defence, tirade demanding an increase in defence spending from 2.1% of GDP to 2.5%, and Trump’s recent ultimatum at the Nato summit for an increase to 4%, the UK is not currently at war. In real numbers, Williamson’s called for an increase in budget by … Read More »

Croydon’s place in the #MeToo debate

Posted on January 10th, by Keleisha Robinson in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Could this movement help Croydon tackle its issue of a high prevalence of sexual abuse incidents through greater social and criminal responsibility?

Croydon accounts for just 4% of London’s population, but 10% of all rapes in the capital

Earlier this year it was revealed that Croydon has had the highest number of rapes in London for the past two years, with the number of reports doubling over a … Read More »

Knife crime and police numbers

Posted on September 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

New figures paint a grim picture, but police aren’t the only group involved in a solution

The latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) aren’t good news. They show the largest annual rise in police recorded crime in a decade.

However, trends in reported crime don’t necessarily reflect changing levels of actual crime. Reported crime is influenced by changes in recording practices and … Read More »

Getting to grips with crime in Croydon

Posted on December 22nd, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Is Croydon really less safe than other boroughs?

Get a bad reputation and you’ll soon find that shaking it off is a serious challenge. And let’s be honest, Croydon’s reputation isn’t the best.

Once you’re painted with that brush, bad news gets a ‘typical-Croydon’ response, whereas good news gets brushed aside, discounted, especially by those who have never darkened a Croydon doorstep. Turn things around, get … Read More »

How safe are you on Croydon’s trains?

Posted on April 26th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Max Shirley has been looking at some crime statistics that might make East Croydon’s commuters uneasy

Since February 2015, 125 crimes have been recorded at East Croydon station. It’s a very busy station indeed: the country’s third busiest non-terminal station with an estimated 71,000 passengers per day embarking, disembarking or changing there, but compared to other stations in the area this crime figure still seems … Read More »

“Croydon needs the opportunity to fulfil its potential”: interview with Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London

Posted on March 3rd, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas interviews Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan

First of all, I’d like to ask you about the same areas I discussed with your colleague Marina. What’s your plan for housing?

London’s the greatest city in the world, but we’re at a crossroads. Typically, Londoners are being priced out of London because of the housing crisis and the cost of commuting. Croydon … Read More »

The dirty world of promoting

Posted on August 22nd, by Anthony Miller in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

After an illegal rave at the former East Croydon post office, Anthony Miller tries to understand why the authorities are powerless

Shut the doors of a train when a young girl might be liable to fall underneath because she’s out of her head on MCat, like train guard Christopher McGee, and the judge will send you away for five years for manslaughter. Help organise an … Read More »

Meet Eliza, Founder of Lives Not Knives

Posted on March 5th, by Becca Taylor in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Becca Taylor introduces Eliza Rebeiro and explains how she and Lives Not Knives are combating youth violence in Croydon

The recent news of six stabbings in ten days, with the youngest victim being just 12 years old, sent shockwaves across Croydon, and no doubt brought back memories for Lives Not Knives team Eliza Rebeiro and her mum, Monique. Expelled from school as a young teen, … Read More »