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Deportation for pirate DVD seller

 

By Stuart Forbes

fake-dvdsAn illegal immigrant found guilty of possessing and distributing counterfeit DVDs broke down in court this week when she was told she would be deported.
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Baby P play at Southwark Playhouse

 

 

By Sylvia Rowley

piano2It has dominated headlines and bulletins of late, but is the tragedy of Baby P fit material for a play? 

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Burgess Park may close following attacks on cyclists

 

By Lena de Casparis

img_87791Attacks on cyclists after dark may lead to night-time closure of one of the largest parks in south-east London as no other solution can be found.
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Youth rep speaks out at knife crime meeting

 

By Lena de Casparis

“A wall of silence” prevents dialogue between young people and politicians, a Peckham youth representative told The Platform after speaking at a home affairs select committee on Monday.
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Jailed for squeezing policeman’s testicles

 

By Ceiri O’Driscoll

img_9109There was laughter from the dock as a man was charged for squeezing a policeman’s testicles and then punching him in the face.
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Police head back to school

By Enjoli Liston chris-musselwhite-left

Every police officer in Southwark will return to the classroom to be taught by a team of under-21s on how to conduct stop and search measures more sensitively.

Chief Superintendent Shirley Tulloch, the deputy borough commander for Southwark, announced that over 900 police officers will take part in the educational sessions from January, after a pilot lesson earlier in the year had proved a ‘great success’.

The Young Advisors charity allows 15-21 year olds to show local leaders how to engage young people in community life, and over the past three months the nine member Southwark team has collected data from their peers about their feelings on stop and search tactics.

Police stop and search powers have long been a matter for debate, with critics saying they allow police to use prejudices to inform their judgements on whom to search. However, the Metropolitan Police felt it necessary to extend these powers recently in an attempt to reduce stabbing-related deaths in the capital. Continued: Young black men feel particularly affected

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Halloween crime horror

By Stuart Forbes

Lewisham police are contending with a deluge of crime accompanying the Halloween and bonfire night period – and it’s not over yet.

Saturday’s annual fireworks spectacular at Blackheath is the traditional climax to a week the police say is one of the busiest in their calendar.

“When it comes to crime, Halloween and bonfire week is by far the worst of the festival periods, much worse than Christmas or Easter,” said a Scotland Yard spokesperson.

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Incidences of street-crime, anti-social behaviour and burglary consistently increase at this time every year, prompting police to bring in new measures to better protect the public during the week.

The Scotland Yard spokesperson said the rise in crime is “…probably due to the large numbers of young people out on the street.” He went on to tell Platform readers not to worry, as serious crime is a much bigger problem when the sun is shining:

“This time of year’s pretty bad for street-crime, but the summer months are when we get the murders – probably something to do with people being outside all of the time.”

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