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Water pumped into pedestrian underpass to protect homes

Water is being pumped into a pedestrian underpass in Croydon to protect around buildings under threat. The Purley Cross underpass will be turned into an emergency pond as hundreds of thousands of litres of water is pumped into the area.

Authorities hope the move will protect around 400 buildings which are under threat from flooding in Kenley and Purley. They are also trying to protect a water treatment works which supplies tens of thousands of homes.


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.

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