A Hackney councillor has labelled the Metropolitan Police “overwhelmingly white and male” in a serious critique of the London force. Rick Muir, who is also director of the think tank the Police Foundation, told the Hackney Post: “The Met does not reflect the communities it polices at the moment. The fact that they often don’t […]
Child sexual exploitation is not just committed by “gangs of old men” from Rochdale, a police officer has said. PC Joshua Dearsley, Hackney ambassador for Operation Makesafe, a city-wide child sexual exploitation operation, said that the media presentation of exploitation missed the broader problem: “The media definition would be gangs of older men systematically exploiting […]
Police are appealing for help finding a woman last seen at her Hackney home on 5 November. It is believed that Alicja Stawkowski, 37, may have gone to Cornwall. She is thought to be suffering from depression. Ms Stawkowski is described as 5ft 6ins and “white, of slim build, with long hair”. She left home wearing a […]
Hackney Council has launched a petition calling for the return of 100 police officers to the borough as violent crime has increased dramatically. Hackney now has 22 per cent fewer police officers patrolling the streets of Hackney than in 2010, despite violent crime rising by 26 per cent in 2014/15, compared with the previous year.
Armed police arrested two men on suspicion of firearm offences in Stamford Hill on Tuesday night. An eyewitness said he heard a crash and then saw a man being chased by officers armed with submachine guns.
Residents in Lordship Park and Queen Elizabeth’s Walk are unhappy that, despite attempts to tackle prostitution, kerb crawling remains an issue and police are said to be “not interested”. Sex work in the area has been a problem for years, but residents had hoped that following a recent police clampdown such activity would decrease. Temporary […]
Police joined locals in a community effort to help a dog that was hit by a car on Mare Street. Pusat, a young Japanese Akita, had broken away from his owner when he ran into the road and collided with a passing car. Onlooker Fay Unsac said: “I was walking down the street and just […]
Police have apprehended a patient who escaped from an NHS medium secure unit in Homerton on Wednesday. Shane Hart, also known as Stephen Hart, went missing while on escorted leave from The John Howard Centre. Hart was convicted in 1994 of child kidnapping and taking a child without lawful authority. The Sun reported in 2009 […]