Metropolitan Police

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 »

Looking back: Croydon’s local elections, 1968

Posted on June 7th, by Daniel Frost in Politics & Society. 2 comments

How the destruction of the Labour party in Croydon sowed the seeds of its eventual resurrection

Fifty years ago, Croydon’s Labour Party was reeling from the London borough’s first set of local elections following its creation in 1965. A relatively balanced set had been returned to the first council in 1964: twenty-one Labour, fifteen Residents or Independents (including six ‘Conservative-Residents’) and twenty-four out-and-out Conservatives.

By 9th … Read More »

Croydon groups team up to raise awareness of knife crime in three-week programme

Posted on March 9th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Town-centre events provide guidance and safety advice regarding knife crime

Croydon Council’s youth engagement team teamed up with Croydon police, Victim Support, and other groups in a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime.

Participating groups hosted a range of town-centre events throughout the programme, which started during half term. The events ranged from opportunities to gain advice and guidance on … Read More »

What the M25 Cat Killer teaches us about the value of human life

Posted on February 20th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 16 comments

Do we understand – morally – the difference between right and wrong?

For the past three years, police have been on the hunt for a man allegedly responsible for the death and mutilation of hundreds of cats in Croydon and surrounding areas. The story resurfaced in December 2017, with cat killings in Northampton also being linked to the same perpetrator.

The outcry against … 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 »

Perception versus punishment? Croydon’s new crime plan

Posted on January 19th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Revisiting the Police and Crime Plan

We are being consulted (again). This time it’s the Police and Crime Plan, which the mayor must produce to explain how the police and related agencies will work together to reduce crime. A figure in the report shows central Croydon to be one of the worst areas for certain crimes, and home to the perpetrators too, so we should be particularly … Read More »

May 2016 in brief

Posted on June 20th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

May’s news in brief, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon became a haven for bees

The team that brought Saffron Central, the world’s largest urban saffron farm, to Croydon in 2015 is now using the space to create a haven for bees. With the support of Croydon Beekeepers Association and community volunteers, they have planted the site, formerly the location of Croydon’s council … Read More »

Event review: Terriers at Fairfield Halls

Posted on November 24th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin explains the important message behind a play at Fairfield Halls

“You give a boy a gun and he feels mighty”. This simple yet powerful statement from Terriers sums up the actions carried out by so many young men embroiled in gang culture. It is also a raw truth that was a running thread throughout the hard-hitting production, which arrived in Croydon for the first time on … Read More »