Hackney police crack down on Nitrous Oxide

21 Nov , 2016  

Police in Shacklewell have launched a crackdown on the sale of laughing gas, deploying up to eight officers in unmarked cars to break up groups of night-time users. The drug is linked to anti-social behaviour, police say, with “big groups of young people” standing on street corners inhaling the gas on weekend evenings, sometimes into […]


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17 Mar , 2016  

Police have made no apologies for stop and search tactics that mean more black people are stopped than any other ethnicity in Hackney. They also claimed young people were happy to be stopped if they knew an operation was “intelligence-led”. Speaking at a council meeting on Monday night, Hackney Police’s Chief Inspector of Operations Simon Crick gave figures that […]

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Hackney residents protest at police brutality following police beating of Trevor Monerville.

Police Consultative Committee meeting.
11 March 1987

Meeting called by police under the (later disgraced) DAC Wyn Jones. Selected groups only were invited and voting cards distributed by the police to about 60 of the 200 present. There was strong opposition from those present (both with and wiothout cards) to the way that the meeting had been called and a vote of 2 to 1 against the meeting continuing was taken. DAC Wyn Jones continued anyway, putting a local solicitor, Mr Walford, in the chair. There was strong vocal opposition to this move and although a number of people spoke, largely against the way that the meeting had been set up, it eventually broke up without any decisions being reached.


Trevor Monerville’s father wants answers about police spying

13 Mar , 2016  

A father demanding justice for his son Trevor Monerville has been given fresh hope more than 20 years after his murder. Trevor Monerville, who was murdered in 1994, was at the centre of a spying controversy involving undercover police after he was beaten up in Stoke Newington police station seven years prior to his death. […]

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Appeal after puppy attacked in “absolute frenzy” by dangerous dog

9 Mar , 2016  

A three-month-old puppy was left fighting for its life after a frenzied dog launched an attack that left the helpless pup with broken ribs, a punctured lung and abdominal tearing. Jess Hodgson (not her real name), 29, was walking her miniature schnauzer, Bowie, on Sunday in a park near Lea Bridge with her friends when […]

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Police overwhelmingly white and male, says Hackney councillor

19 Nov , 2015  

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 […]

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Police engage businesses on child sexual exploitation

13 Nov , 2015  

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 […]

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Missing girl - Credit- Met Police


Fears for missing Hackney woman suffering from depression

13 Nov , 2015  

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 […]

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Logo for Hackney Council petition for 100 more officers (Credit: Hackney Council)


Hackney Council demands more officers to combat rising violent crime

16 Oct , 2015  

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.

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Officers patrol scene of two arrests in Stamford Hill (Credit: @Heimishe)


Police make two arrests after Stamford Hill motorbike chase

16 Oct , 2015  

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.

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Photo: David Howard


Lordship Park prostitution still a problem-residents

4 Dec , 2014  

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 […]

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