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The Landscape of Murder

The Landscape of Murder – a very dark blog, photographing and recording murders around London. This post deals with the murder of Gagandip Singh in Blackheath in 2011.

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14 year old killed outside Sainsbury’s

Tributes to Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop outside Lee Sainsbury's

Tragic sight this morning doing the shopping.

Tributes to Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop outside Lee Sainsbury's - wide view

UPDATED: Please note that this story is from September 16th, and is referring to Saturday September 15th.
From BBC News: Lee stabbing: Kevin Ssali, 14, killed at bus stop

A 14-year-old boy, who had been missing since July, has been stabbed to death in south-east London.
Kevin Ssali, of Whitworth Road in South Norwood, was attacked after he got off a route 202 bus in Lee.
Police and paramedics were called to Burnt Ash Road at about 21:45 BST on Saturday where they found him with multiple stab wounds.
Three teenage males have been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

8 minutes walk away, on the 202 route, Jimmy Mizen was killed in 2008 in a bakery.

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Big screen and big brother


On Monday the police are planning to bring a large video screen to Blackheath, in order to project images of suspected looters from around the area. I’d love to know how many convictions will result from this. All it will do is make people feel as though they live in a police state. Maybe we could all stand in front of the screens and hurl abuse too?

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London Riots

Photo of looters in Lewisham from @kate_day
At about 17:40 this evening, Mrs Bugle was dumped off a 185 bus near Rosenthal Road this evening by a cowardly bus driver who when he saw a load of people looting a shop. Rather than getting his passengers to safety, he opened the doors in front of the shop, dumped the bus and ran away. He left the passengers to fend for themselves. She ran away towards Ladywell, and called 3 different taxi companies who all said they couldn’t pick her up because of the riots in Lewisham. She was with her 15 year old niece, and only managed to get home because a passing black cab driver took pity on them and picked them up. She didn’t have enough cash on her to give him a tip.
Twitpic by @kate_day showing looters breaking into Argos in Lewisham
UPDATE:
The clothes shop Rogue in the village has been smashed up:
Rogue clothes shop smashed up in Blackheath.  Photo by Joss Crowley
Photo by @josscrowley
Another angle by @bigredferno:
Rogue looting photo by @bigredferno

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More on the car crash

Last night Sgt McClellan of the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team has sent out the circular below to all his local contacts, including the BVRG.

Dear All

Tonight at 1750 hours a blue Volvo was chased by police that was involved in firearms, and failed to stop for police. It was chased around Lee High Road, and eventually crashed at 12 Blackheath Village SE3, at the butchers. The vehicle mounted the kerb and drove on the footway from the little roundabout, all the way down between the shops and the bus stops ON THE FOOTWAY, making people dive out the way quickly. A very dangerous driver. Two males have been arrested and are currently being processed at Lewisham Police Station.

I have sent out a witness appeal via the text message system, as the more people that come forward the better, this male needs to be sent to prison and the team are investigating him now.

Please can you canvas as many people as possible and get them to call 0300 123 1212 with the details of what they saw, this can then be collated in all one place.

Thanks in anticipation.

Mark
Sergeant Mark McLellan MInstLM | Blackheath and Lee Green SNT | Lewisham Borough
address 43 Lewisham High Street, SE13 5JZ
telephone 0208 284 8497 | mobile 0755 7676 271 |email mark.mclellan AT met.police.uk
airwave (108900) 475525

With the usual caveats about speaking to the police (link is US-centric, but you get the idea).

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Stabbing and car crash

Stabbing up in Blackheath Standard, and a car crash opposite the butchers in Blackheath village. Nasty business.

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Man’s body found in burnt out car in Blackheath

See BBC News story here. Spotted by Darryl:

Nasty business indeed.

East London Lines has more.

(I’m not in London this week, so will be more behind the news than usual – sorry).

UPDATE: Two 19 year olds arrested: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12590365

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Next time you go through an airport, boots in hand…

Richard Reid, who went to school in Blackheath, from Wikipedia
Just back from holiday, and couldn’t help remembering back to this piece in the Guardian.

When you’re performing the required turn of security theatre at Heathrow, spare a thought for Blackheath’s most infamous school-boy.

Image from Wikipedia.

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Blackheath hit and run: police asking for witnesses

As reported by many people yesterday, there was a car crash at the junction of Stratheden Road and Charlton Road around Blackheath Standard yesterday, resulting in the death of an elderly lady. An eye-witness emailed me with this info:

Two cars were chasing each other like lunatics and going at very fast speed, I reckon about 90mph. They both nearly hit my car on the Charlton Road before the first one went out of control and crashed into the pedestrian traffic island opposite the Old Dover Road (near M&S)

The really awful thing is that they collided head on with a pedestrian who was killed outright. She wouldn’t have stood a chance at the speed the car was going. It was so fast, that the car took most of the concrete and railings with it.

Amazingly, the driver and passenger weren’t injured but then got out of the car and tried to run away. At least one of them was chased and caught by some builders in the area.

I know the police are keen to take more witness statements of anybody who saw what happened. They really want to get a conviction since this poor pedestrian died so I wondered if you would mind publicising this.

If you know anything, you can call 0300 123 1212 to get through to Greenwich Police.

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Burglar Bill in Blackheath?

According to a slightly spurious press release yesterday, Blackheath came highest in a list of London postcodes for home insurance theft claims.

Across the UK, Chorlton in Manchester came first, followed by Blackheath, then Hammersmith.

Greater London has 10 of the 20 worst postcodes in the country.
Local councillors have called the survey “unfair, broadbrushed and misleading”.
The survey analysed more than 1.1 million insurance inquiries on the site last year.
It found 8.65% of homes in Chorlton claimed for theft or burglary.
It also found Blackheath, SE3, and Hammersmith, W6, as the most at-risk postcodes in London for theft-related insurance claims, with 8.17% and 8.06% respectively.

BBC News

The survey covered request for home insurance quotes on moneysupermarket.com which sounds slightly iffy to me… How can a quote be used as a test as to whether a valid claim was made for a theft? These aren’t crime statistics.

I should reveal that before living in Blackheath, Mr & Mrs Bugle lived in Hammersmith, near a strip club. Never had any trouble there, possibly due to the high proportion of bouncers, but it certainly felt less safe than Blackheath.

On the whole, this story is great news. If it encourages people to avoid moving to Blackheath, on the basis that it is a terrible place to live, then that leaves more space on the lovely heath (and the trains) for the rest of us!

So, here’s the question – does Blackheath really qualify as the most burglar-ridden area in the UK? Or is it just that people in Blackheath are organised enough (and can afford) to sort out their home insurance?

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