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Prisoner who absconded in Kent could be in London

Police are trying to track down a prisoner who absconded in Kent, and may have headed to London. 55-year-old Malcolm Parker is known to have links with Croydon and Hendon.

Malcolm Parker Credit: Metropolitan Police

He left prison on Monday, 6 January on temporary licence, but failed to return. He is described as black, 6ft 1ins tall, of medium build with balding hair. He has a distinctive scar on his left elbow which is between one and two inches in size.

Anyone with information should contact police on 020 8358 1752.


17-year-old murder victim 'had no connection to gangs'

The 17-year-old victim has not been named, but local councillor Stuart Collins says he understands he had no connection to gangs, and that the boy arrested was not from the Croydon borough.

In terms of that street and that area, there hasn't been regular crime or activity of that kind.

But there has been requests for a local police station in the community in Broad Green since the riots.

– Stuart Collins, Local councillor

16-year-old boy held over fatal stabbing of teenager

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed to death at a property in Croydon. The 17-year-old victim was found with stab wounds and taken to a south London hospital by air ambulance in a critical condition. He died a short time later

Police were called to a a property in Ockley Road, Croydon Credit: Google Street View


Teenager dies after being stabbed in Croydon

A teenager has died after being stabbed at an address in Croydon.

Police were called at 1358hrs on Wednesday 25 September, to reports of a stabbing at a residential address in Ockley Road, Croydon.

Upon arrival officers found a 17-year-old boy with stab wounds.

He was taken to a south London hospital by London Air Ambulance a short while later in a critical condition where he later died.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody at a south London police station.

– Met Police statement

Pensioner named after park death

A Croydon man, whose death in a park is being treated as murder, has been named by detectives. John Gilbert, 76, was found dead in Seven Sisters Country Park at Exceat, near Eastbourne, in the early hours of Friday.

A 78-year-old woman was arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail until October 10. A Sussex Police spokesman said:

"Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are investigating. The man and woman are known to each other and police are not looking for anyone else."Officers are waiting for further test results for an exact cause of death."

– A Sussex Police spokesman

Concern for missing man

Andrew Parker. Credit: Met Police handout.

Police in Croydon are becoming increasingly concerned over the welfare of a 52-year-old man who was reported missing earlier this week.

Andrew Parker of Church Way, South Croydon was reported missing to police on Tuesday, 23 July.

He was last seen leaving his place of work at Victoria Coach Station, at approximately 16:15hrs on Tuesday afternoon. He also made a call to his son at approximately 19:00hrs but has not been seen or heard from since then.

Andrew is described as a white, approximately 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short grey/white hair and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, grey tie, dark smart trousers and black shoes.

Police are increasingly worried about his wellbeing and are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard from him to help them locate him.

Tram abuse woman 'mentally ill'

A mother whose tirade of racist abuse at fellow passengers on a tram received millions of viewings on YouTube was bound over to keep the peace today.

Emma West's defence lawyer said he had heard figures quoted that the footage had received either 11 or 25 million viewings online. Credit: Youtube

A judge said that Emma West, 36, was clearly suffering from mental health problems at the time of the outburst on board the tram in Croydon, south London, and had unwittenly overdosed on the medication she took for depression.

The mother-of-two was also handed a 24-month community order for offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against her partner and assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty as she appeared for sentencing at Croydon Crown Court.

The court heard witnesses described West "reeking of alcohol" when she carried out the verbal attack.

Prosecutor Julius Capon said: "She in essence persecuted a number of passengers on the tram, subjecting them to some disgusting racial abuse."

Prosecutor Julius Capon said: "She in essence persecuted a number of passengers on the tram, subjecting them to some disgusting racial abuse."

He said the things she said included "you're not English", "none of you are English", "f*** off" and "get back to your own countries".

Mr Capon said many of the passengers were "upset" by West's behaviour.

"Some of them described themselves as being disgusted, shocked and horrified," he said.

But he added that it was not them who complained to police, rather that it came to their attention after a passenger who had filmed it posted it on the internet.

David Martin-Sperry, defending West, said the defendant's offending was out of character and she does not harbour any racist views.

Mr Martin-Sperry told the court he had heard figures quoted that the footage had received either 11 million or 25 million viewings on YouTube.

The publicity the case generated led her to attempt suicide and she had become reclusive due to the abuse she received when she left the house, he said.

It also led her to receive flowers and messages of support from far right supporters. Some have even sent her cheques.

"People gave support to what they thought was a noble cause - they could not be more wrong," he said.

Mr Martin-Sperry said before the tram incident took place West had admitted herself to an institution attached to the psychiatric Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell, south London.

On the day of the incident, in late 2011, she had again felt "overheated" and went to see her psychiatrist who increased her dose of citalopram.

After collecting her prescription she took one pill after having already taken one that day and drank a large glass of wine before taking the tram home.

Mr Martin-Sperry said that not only had she taken twice her usual dosage, five days later the maximum limit was reduced from 60mg to 40mg, and so she had in fact taken two and a half times the recommended dose when that was taken into account.

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