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Lambeth police warn parents after spate of attempted child abductions

Police in Lambeth have issued a warning to parents after three attempted child abductions took place in the past week.

Detectives are investigating three separate reports of a man or men approaching school children and suggesting the children go with them.

Police say they are are linking the incidents based on the similarities of all three but at this stage do not have an accurate description of any suspects.

  • The first incident occurred on Thursday, 15 January at around 5pm on Sancroft Street, SE11, where a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man.
  • The second incident took place on Tuesday, 20 January at around 07.20am on Kennington Lane, SE11. An 11-year-old girl was approached by two men believed to be driving a white car.
  • The third incident happened today around 08.30am, also on Kennington Lane, where a 16-year-old girl was approached by a man.

Police have increased patrols in the area and say they have been talking to local schools. They are asking parents to be extra vigilant and to report any concerns immediately.

Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.

I understand that the community will be concerned about these recent incidents and I want to reassure parents and carers that we are treating this extremely seriously.

– Chief Inspector Nick Collins, Lambeth Police


Man sought following bus driver assault in Lambeth

Police are appealing for help in identifying a man following an assault on a bus driver in Lambeth on Thursday May 8 around 10.30pm.

A driver of a route P13 bus pulled into a stop on Streatham Hill, when the suspect driving a white van pulled up beside him to shout abuse, before boarding the vehicle and punching the bus driver.

The man made off in the van and the victim was later taken to hospital with swelling to his cheek.

The suspect is described as a black man aged 40-45 years old, wearing a flat cap, dark jeans and a jacket. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The suspect is described as a black man aged 40-45 years old, wearing a flat cap, dark jeans and a jacket. Police believe the suspect may work as a contractor for Transport for London.

Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Andy Barnard on 07785398757 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting ref: 149348.

Eight-year-old girl goes missing in south London

Police in Brixton are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing eight-year-old girl from Streatham. Katrina Carvajal-Zurita was last seen at around 6pm on Tuesday 15 July at Greyhound Lane in Lambeth.

She is described as being of Spanish background, slim build with long brown hair. At the time she disappeared she was wearing white shorts, white trainers, a black t-shirt and a scarf with black and white dots.

Katrina Carvajal-Zurita Credit: Metropolitan Police

Katrina is understood to have been taken by her father Robert Carvajal, without Katrina's mothers' consent. It is believed that Carvajal intends to take Katrina back to Bolivia with him.

Robert Carvajal Credit: Metropolitan Police


Cyclist 'hit on pedestrian crossing' outside Tube station

Police say the victim was cycling across the pedestrian crossing outside Brixton Tube station when he was hit by a dark or black car.

We need to locate the car involved and speak to the driver as soon as possible. The victim was left lying in the road having suffered very serious injuries.

I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information, regarding the identity of the driver or whereabouts of the car to contact the Hampton Traffic Unit on 020 8941 9011 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Sergeant John Hartfree, Senior Investigating Officer

Cyclist left lying in the road with two broken legs after south London hit-and-run

Police are trying to track down a motorist seen on CCTV after a cyclist had both his legs broken in a hit-and-run in south London. The 44-year-old victim was left lying on Brixton Road on Saturday. He was also left with a fractured neck, and taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

CCTV images of a car police are trying to trace Credit: Metropolitan Police

Man jailed for manslaughter over death of 3-year-old

A man has been jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of a three-year-old boy at an address in Lambeth, police said today.

On March 11, 2013, police were called by the London Ambulance Service to an address in Lambeth where a child had been taken ill.

The three-year-old was taken to St George's Hospital where he was pronounced dead after 10pm.

It is believed the child was assaulted sometime during that evening and suffered injuries including a head injury, a number of fractured ribs, a lacerated liver and internal bleeding.

The man was found guilty on January 24 following a trial at the Old Bailey.

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