Norbury Crime and Policing News as at 19 February

Thursday 23 February. Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel with police

If you wish to attend please contact PC 852 Tom Norry.; 020 8721 2477

Friday 24 February. 7pm – 8pm. Police  Street Briefing

Kilmartin Avenue j/w Ardfern Avenue

Wednesday 1 March. 10.30–11.15am

Cuppa’ with a Copper – Costa Coffee, London Road

Friday 3 March. 10am-noon. Property marking

Tools, phones, bicycles – whatever you’d like! & Crime Prevention Advice

Norbury Library, Beatrice Ave

Recorded crime 7-13 February

The police recorded the following crimes in the week of from 7 February: theft from motor vehicle (1), possession of cannabis  (4), theft from the person (1), burglary (3),  robbery (1), interference with vehicle  (1), aggravated burglary  (1).

Some of these made the news:

  • Robbery at National Westminster Bank

  • Con man held elderly woman hostage

A man posing as a gas meter reader falsely imprisoned the woman for two hours in Dunbar Avenue on Monday 13 February 13.

The police have provided the following comments on the crime incidents:

  • they ‘will be dealing with a male we believe linked to a number of offences across the area in the next few days. A number of males believed linked to moped enabled robberies have now been arrested, and we have started to see a decrease in these type of offences as well… trends we hope will continue!’
  • ‘The burglaries are unfortunately still continuing at a steady rate, but we have been delivering SmartWater kits to selected addresses to raise awareness around crime prevention & to offer the property marking solution to residents. We have a number of operations planned around Operation Bumblebee which focuses on burglary reduction/prevention for the upcoming months & will be trying to get more & more
    of your property marked.’

They are also asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with a series of burglaries including Norbury.

Four men in court for sale of sawn-off rifle

How bad is crime?

It is difficult to tell how bad the situation is in Norbury and Croydon as a whole. In December there were 30,134 recorded crimes in the Borough a small increase on the same month in 2015.

Croydon Debating Club + Police Commander 22 February

Robert Ward, who has started the Croydon Debating Club, discusses Croydon’s crime at

The next meeting of the Club will discuss the plans for policing with the new Borough Commander on  Wednesday 22 February. 7.30pm. Croydon Conference Centre, Surrey St. To let Robert know you are coming go to


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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