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Appeal following serious homophobic assault in the borough

Appeal Following Serious Homophobic Assault in Sutton. Detectives are appealing for information after a man was subjected to a homophobic attack in Sutton.On Sunday, 20 June, officers were called to a south London hospital to speak to a man suffering from head and facial injuries.

The victim, aged in his 40s, reported that on Saturday evening he had been with his partner at a pub on Central Road in Worcester Park when a group of men approached and invited them to sit outside with them. At first the men were friendly but later started to make homophobic comments and the pair moved away.

Later that evening the victim left the pub alone and started walking down Central Road. He then remembers a man making homophobic comments before punching him hard in the face. Acting Detective Sergeant Herdeep Jugdev, from Bromley CID, said: “This was an extremely violent attack which left the victim with head and facial injuries for which he is still receiving hospital treatment.

“It also appears that the assault was motivated by the victim’s sexuality. Hate crime of whatever kind is something we will never tolerate and we are doing all we can to find the person or people responsible. “We would ask anyone who was on Central Road on Saturday evening, particularly anyone in Centrals Bar and who may have seen any interaction between the victim and other people, to come forward and speak to us. “Similarly we are encouraging anyone driving along the road between 01:10hrs and 02:00hrs and who may have dashcam footage to please review it in case you inadvertently captured something that could help our investigation.” Anyone with information should call 101 with CAD reference 2214/20JUN Alternatively contact Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Wallington man sentenced to six years in prison

Three men have been jailed for a series of linked knifepoint robberies in south London after forensic evidence linked them to the crime scenes.

Sean Tuso 21 (06.08.99) of Belmont Road, Wallington, Surrey was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to rob. This comes after he was found guilty following a two week trial at Croydon Crown Court that concluded on 4 December 2020.

Joshua Norris 22 (11.12.99) of Colliers Water Lane, Thornton Heath was sentenced to four years and four months in prison for robbery and for handling stolen goods. This follows a guilty plea entered at Croydon Crown on 25 September 2020.

Joseph Hamilton-Peart 20 (19.05.00) of Craignish Avenue SW16 was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted robbery. He entered a guilty plea at Croydon Crown Court on 25 September 2020.

All three were sentenced on Wednesday, 16 June, at Croydon Crown Court.

The trio were part of a gang which carried out a series of knifepoint commercial robberies in Sutton, Croydon and Lambeth between 23 October and 25 November 2019.

This investigation was led by officers from Operation Venice.

In each of the robberies, the suspects arrived at the venues on mopeds, wearing crash helmets and dark clothing.

They entered the convenience stores armed with Rambo knives and hammers which were used to threaten store owners and shoppers. They then stole cash from the tills, cigarettes and bottles of alcohol.

Although CCTV was obtained from each venue, the suspects’ faces were covered and therefore officers had to rely on forensic evidence.

During the first offence, a hammer was left behind by one of the suspects and a forensic examination revealed a partial DNA match to Joshua Norris.

Sean Tuso was arrested on 31 December 2019 by officers from the Venice Investigation Team. Tuso was found to have a stolen Honda moped in his rear garden, which had a padlock on the rear wheel. He had the padlock key in his possession when arrested. He was later charged and remanded into custody.

Officers examined CCTV from the hostel where Tuso resided and identified Joshua Norris, who was wearing the same clothing from one of the robberies.

Norris was arrested at his home address in Thornton Heath on 17 January 2020,where he was found to have a crash helmet in his room, the same as one worn by one of the suspects in CCTV from some of the robberies.

Found outside his address was a stolen motorcycle false plates which had been stolen in a burglary in the Merton area between 8 and 9 September 2019. Norris had a key in his room which fitted a silver padlock on the front wheel to this bike.

The third suspect, Joseph Hamilton-Peart, was identified as being an associate of both Tuso and Norris.

Forensic phone evidence from Tuso’s phone showed videos of the suspects posing with the clothing and knives used in the robberies. A fingerprint belonging to Hamilton-Peart was also found on a Rambo knife located at the scene of an attempted robbery.

Hamilton-Peart was circulated as wanted and after a manhunt he was arrested and charged 1 April 2020.

A total of £24,000 worth of cash, alcohol and cigarettes was stolen during the spree.

Police Constable Tadas Balnys, from Operation Venice, said: “These men terrorised shops in south London over a four week period, visiting mainly at night and threatening staff with knives and using violence to steal cash, alcohol and cigarettes. 

“Their spree was stopped thanks to the meticulous investigation by Venice officers which required diligent forensic work. The fingerprint, phone and DNA evidence in this investigation was vital in identifying each of the criminals. It highlights the proactive work we do every day to ensure serious offenders are identified and brought to justice.

“I hope that the verdict and sentencing helps to reassure the community that the Metropolitan Police are there to keep London safe. We are committed to tackling violent crime and have no tolerance for criminals who commit senseless acts of violence.”

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Share your views on borough’s ‘Spick and Span Sutton’ campaign


Published Tuesday, 8th June 2021

Residents of the borough are being invited to share their views on local street cleaning services as part of the council’s ‘Spick & Span Sutton’ campaign.

The online survey covers a wide range of issues including street litter, dog fouling, enforcement, litter bins, fly-tipping and gully cleaning.

The survey is live on the Council’s consultation website – bit.ly/SuttonCleanStreets – for eight weeks, until 18 July 2021.

The survey will be discussed at the six Local Committee meetings taking place between May and July. A social media campaign will also raise awareness of the survey and encourage local people to get involved.  

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Detectives appeal for witnesses after collision in borough

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with doorbell or dash cam footage to come forward following a collision in Sutton in which an elderly woman sustained life-threatening injuries.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 10:05hrs on Wednesday, 16 June to West Drive, Cheam after a Range Rover was in collision with a female pedestrian, aged in her 70s.

The collision occurred towards the eastern end of the road, near to the junction with Sandy Lane.

The woman was taken to hospital, where she remains. Her family are aware.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries.

Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating and want to hear from anyone who can assist the investigation.

Please call them on 0208 543 5157, or call 101/ tweet @MetCC ref CAD 2404/16 Jun.

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Sutton NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme

Over 25? Book your COVID-19 vaccination online now

If you’re aged over 25, a carer or have an underlying health condition, call 119 or visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Your local NHS is delivering the biggest vaccination programme in its history. Everyone has an important part to play to help us with this programme of work

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They will give you the best protection against coronavirus.
  • It’s never too late to get the Covid vaccine. It’s safe and effective, but speak to your GP if you have any concerns.

Who’s being prioritised for vaccination?

Our priority remains vaccinating the most vulnerable people in south west London. The NHS will offer you a vaccination when it’s your turn – this will be when you’re in a priority group.Find out who is being prioritised and why

What do you need to know about appointments?

When it’s your turn, you’ll be invited by the NHS to book an appointment.Read more about how you will be invited for vaccination

Where can you get vaccinated?

The vaccination is being offered in a variety of places across south west London, including GP and pharmacy-led services, hospitals and community vaccination centres.Find out where you can get vaccinated

You may also be able to have your first vaccination at one of the following walk-in clinics in south west London – but not everyone is eligible, so please check the clinic details before deciding to go.

St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton

Opening dates, times and eligible groups

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Borough’s new parks enforcement officers start work

Sutton Council’s new parks enforcement officers started work in some of the borough’s open spaces this week.

“Staff have already been out and about in Beddington Park, Oaks Park, Cheam Park, Rosehill Park West, Royston Park and Mellows Park. The contract has been in a ‘soft launch’ phase, but up to 10 littering and 33 parking offence fines would have been issued on the first day of operation,” said a spokesperson.

“From Monday (14 June) enforcement officers will issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone failing to pick up their dog’s mess or dropping litter. Later this month, officers will begin enforcement for any inappropriate parking. 

“With increased use of the borough’s parks over the past year, parking issues, such as safe access being blocked due to inappropriate parking, vehicles parking on the grass or parking overnight, have become more common. 

“Littering in parks has increased significantly with many visitors leaving food, wrappers, bottles and cans behind. This not only puts wildlife at risk, but also encourages vermin and spoils the borough’s parks for other visitors. It places an increasing burden on parks staff and volunteers who help to keep Sutton’s parks tidy.

“Other recent issues include the use of football pitches without booking and payment, flying model aircraft outside the permitted hours, dog fouling and dogs not under control.

“The new contract was awarded on a cost-neutral basis to Waste Investigations Support & Enforcement (WISE) – a specialist supplier of environmental crime and parking services to councils across the UK. They have partnered with First Parking to deliver the parking enforcement part of the contract.

“The 4 contract staff will be in uniform branded with both the WISE and Sutton Council logos. They will also carry and display the Enforcement Officer ID provided by the Council.

“The enforcement officers are trained to operate in a robust, but always proportionate, way. They will be using a wide range of technical support, including 4G body-worn cameras, to record their interaction with the public and hand-held computers that can be used to confirm the identity of an alleged offender before issuing a penalty notice.  

“Anyone observed failing to pick up after their dogs or dropping litter will be issued with an on-the-spot £150 Fixed Penalty Notice. Anyone parking their vehicles in contravention of clearly displayed signage will face a Parking Charge Notice of £100.”

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Sutton Council sets out plans to purchase strategic town centre property

Sutton Council has set in motion plans to buy the long leasehold on a key strategic property in Sutton High Street.

The purchase is being made as part of the Council’s ambitious plans to regenerate the town centre and ensure that the future high street offers the local community an attractive destination with a range of businesses and organisations located there.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“This purchase offers us an opportunity to ensure the future vitality of our High Street. As the long leaseholder, the Council will have much greater control and influence over a key town centre asset. 

“The way people are interacting with their local areas has changed as a result of the pandemic and the Council is responding to these changing consumer and employment habits by delivering a vibrant high street. We will work with our local residents, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses and voluntary sector to ensure that we are safeguarding the centre of Sutton for future generations.”

The property acquisition is subject to a vote at the Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee on 14 June 2021. The acquisition is subject to a full legal and technical due diligence process which is still in progress.

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Met police continues work to keep children across London safe

Specially trained officers across the Metropolitan Police Service are working with a new programme to help young children in London protect themselves from danger.

Safer schools and neighbourhood officers are working in partnership with the charity ‘Action Against Abduction’ to help children recognise situations that could be unsafe and know what to do to protect themselves.

These officers have adopted the ‘Clever Never Goes’ programme in primary schools they work with across the capital. This is a modernised version of the well-known ‘Stranger Danger’ campaign launched in 1971.

The roll-out of Clever Never Goes forms the latest phase of ongoing work by schools officers to keep children and young people across the capital safe. The Met piloted the early stages of this programme back in 2019 in 37 primary schools. The feedback was universally supportive of a service-wide roll-out.

A specially designed robot named Clever helps children spot dangerous situations and gives them tips about how to respond. The programme is designed to be positive, practical and playful whilst ensuring the reality of situations is not lost.

The core message is never to go with anyone unless it has been previously arranged.

From Wednesday, 9 June the Met will roll out the Clever Never Goes resources to primary school children aged five to 11. These include online safety scenarios, prompting children to consider online grooming dangers.

Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, said: “Keeping children and young people safe is an absolute priority for the Met. We’re continuously working hard to educate young people about the risks they could face and equip them with the right knowledge and tools to protect themselves.

“The launch of this new programme is just the latest phase of important work carried out by schools officers across the Met every day.

“I know in recent weeks there have been reports of attempted abductions in certain parts of London and I understand parents’ concerns about the safety of their children as a result.

“Thorough investigations were conducted to investigate these reports, and to date there is no corroborating evidence that these were in fact attempted abductions.

“Nonetheless, we know the considerable concern reports of this nature have caused within communities.

“Fortunately, child kidnappings or abductions which leave children and young people in serious danger are incredibly rare, but we will never be complacent and I would urge anyone who has a concern about a child to get in touch with us or any relevant partner agency as soon as possible.

“We are working hard across London, and in particular in areas where we have seen heightened concern, to reassure parents and wider communities.

“We are also equipping children with the knowledge and tools to protect themselves and Clever Never Goes is a crucial part of that process. Our partnership on this initiative is incredibly important and I would urge all teachers, parents and all others in contact with young people to help us educate children how to stay safe.”

Geoff Newiss, Action Against Abduction charity Director, said: “The risk of child abduction might be low but the onus is on all of us as parents, carers or professionals to give children the tools to look after themselves as they get older and gain more independence.

“Clever Never Goes is all about doing this in a way that promotes confidence rather than inculcating the fear that comes with stranger danger. Having the Met on board with Clever Never Goes is a great step forward towards keeping London’s children safe.”

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New walk-in clinics organised as top South West London GP urges people to get second Covid-19 jab without delay

With the number of Covid-19 cases starting to rise, a top south west London GP is urging people to get their second vaccination as soon as possible.

Lead GP for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in south west London Dr Nicola Jones has issued a reminder that a second Covid-19 vaccination is needed to give people maximum, longer-lasting protection and the Wandsworth doctor revealed a series of walk-in clinics to help people get the jab quickly and easily.

Last week it was revealed that millions of people are now fully vaccinated – more than half of people in England. However, infections are rising with the latest test and trace figures showing 45% more infections week-on-week in England.

Dr Jones said: “Getting fully vaccinated is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against Covid-19, including the Delta variant first identified in India.

“The first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine offers a high level of protection, but to get maximum and longer-lasting protection, that second jab is vital, so I would urge everyone who is eligible to get it as soon as possible.

“If you had your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on or before mid-April, we’re now inviting you to one of the walk-in clinics we’ve organised to make things quicker and easier for you – no appointment is needed.

“People who have been contacted to bring forward their second vaccine appointment are also asked to rebook as soon as possible.”

The new south west London walk-in clinics for second doses are being held at:

Crystal Palace FC:

9am to 7pm, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June 2021

Centrale, Croydon:

9am to 7pm, Monday 14 to Sunday 20 June 2021

Harlequins:

9am to 7pm, Friday 11 June 2021

9am to 7pm, Sunday 13 to Sunday 20 June 2021

Hawks Road, Kingston:

9am to 7pm, Friday 11 to Sunday 20 June 2021

St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton:

9am to 7pm, Monday 14 to Sunday 20 June 2021

Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon:

9am to 7pm, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June 2021

People visiting the walk-in clinics for their second jab will need to bring identification and their vaccination card or vaccination app from their first dose. 

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Still time for residents to give views on the proposed erection of 20 metre mobile phone mast on “green triangle.”

Campaigners against the erection of a 20 metre mobile phone mast on the Poet’s Estate in Carshalton have just one more day to make their views felt.

The proposal by WHP on behalf of mobile phone company EE (UK) and Hutchinson UK Ltd., to erect a 20 metre (65.5 ft) telecoms pole on the green triangle in Milton Avenue, is causing a lot of concern amongst local residents. There are, so far, 140 objections on the Sutton Planning Register and consultation closes on 3rd June,” said local residents Kelly Kenchington of Byron Gardens, Meg Jefferies of Brookfield Avenue and Ruwani Callwood of Milton Avenue.

“The application is for what is called Prior Approval being promoted by the government to avoid scrutiny and challenge by residents and local councils. The new Bill going through parliament is seeking to extend Permitted Development Rights for planning generally and for 5G masts in particular, in order to bypass local democratic structures.

“The latest Milton Avenue application for Prior approval will be decided by council officers as the council can only consider the siting and appearance of the proposal. The Council had no say in the choice of site in Milton Avenue as government legislation allows phone companies to submit applications for masts on sites based on their own technical preferences. This application has all the appearance of the mobile phone company putting a pin on a map without  knowing or understanding about the local area.

“The Poets Estate is a leafy estate built in the Garden suburb style in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Using a green space on the triangle in Milton Avenue, where there are trees, shrubs and wildlife, risks losing much of the green and turning the site into an industrial one. For many local people the mast is very close to their homes, will be visually intrusive and will be totally out of keeping with the area. Its sheer height and bulk – two to three times the height of local homes and trees – will not be avoidable for many, and will negate the amenity they derive from the green space.

Residents have formed a Poets Estate Facebook group, but meanwhile any local person who lives on or near the Poets Estate, and who wishes to comment, can visit the Council’s Planning Register online. They need to go www.sutton.gov.uk/propertyapplicationsearch , using the reference DM2021/00852. Closing date is 3rd June.”