Police: ‘How we caught the Battersea moped thieves’

Inspector James Ellis reports on the arrest of local moped thieves – plus investigations into Winstanley Estate arson and stabbing 

We set up Operation Cerebus to combat the growing problem of moped theft. A team of officers targeted a small group of youths we felt certain were committing the crimes.

We received several calls from you, members of the public that have helped us over the past few weeks. I am pleased to report that seven arrests have been made with several stolen bikes restored to their owners.

On the morning of July 15, two robberies were committed by persons on stolen mopeds on Battersea Park Road. Numerous officers swamped the area and eventually three excellent arrests were made and two stolen bikes recovered.

Two of the individuals were found by the Op Cerberus team hiding under beds. One of them, a 15-year-old boy from the Patmore Estate was already wanted by Police for breaching his Court Bail and was supposed to be at Court that morning for sentencing for an earlier offence of Aggravated Vehicle Taking. He never turned up as he was out stealing again.


This time he was charged with Attempted Robbery, Theft person and Handling Stolen Goods (a stolen number plate and a stolen moped) and kept in custody to appearing at Court the next day.

The Court let him out on bail again, which he breached only days later before stealing another bike on the 21st July.

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Police cordon off York Gardens after a shooting

Police cordon off York Gardens after a shooting

Guest post from David Chinchen, Chief Superintendent, Wandsworth Borough Commander

The Neighbourhood Link broadcast system has been adopted by the Metropolitan Police Servce to increase our capability to keep people informed regarding services, crime issues and policing operations. The system allows the transmission of messages by e-mail, voice, fax and/or text to those registered to receive such communications.

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Man shot on Winstanley Estate: What can we do?

The crime scene, Fowler Close

The crime scene, Fowler Close

A young man was shot and wounded in York Gardens on the Winstanley Estate on Thursday at around 2.15pm. Information from the council says the victim is in a stable condition – his injuries are not believed to be life threatening (although the Wandsworth Guardian reports he is “in critical condition”). Other information:

  • Trident has taken on the investigation and enquiries are ongoing to trace and arrest the suspect(s)
  • Police will be undertaking re-assurance patrols throughout the weekend
  • Weapon sweeps will be undertaken in the local area
  • Much of the area – including York Gardens Library was taped off as part of the crime scene all afternoon
  • Police are looking for two suspects who were seen on a black motorcycle prior to the shooting. Witnesses saw the motorcycle made off along Plough Road, turning left into York Road.
  • Anyone with information or witnesses are asked to call the incident room on 0208 785 8589 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Continue reading

Phone robbery + Car theft + CCTV: Latchmere crime briefing for March

Within four days last week there were four separate instances of mobile phones being snatched by teenage boys in Latchmere. The incidents took place in York Road, Plough Road and Blondel Street. There were two more phone thefts on Battersea Park Road, in Queenstown, during the same few days.
Please take extra care when talking your mobile in public in these areas – the thieves may still be at large.

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Shooting outside Falcon Road Mosque: Latest news

The Council has released this update:

Shooting outside Falcon Rd Mosque 14.9.11

Police were called at approx 2145hrs on Wednesday, 14 September to reports of shots fired in Falcon Road, SW11.

Police officers and London Ambulance Service attended the area and discovered two men suffering gunshot wounds. Continue reading