Man dies in Greenwich shooting

July 4, 2011 by  

A man died in hospital last night after a fatal shooting in Greenwich.

The victim, named as Genson Courtney, aged 23, was found by police in a black Volkswagen Golf in Banning Street at around 11pm last night.

The victim had gunshot wounds to his head and shoulder and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.43am.

The investigation is being led by Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Mark Gower of Trident.

DCI Gower, said: "At this early stage it is believed a male suspect may have ran from the scene in the direction of Christchurch Way, SE10 shortly after the shooting.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact the police.

"I would like to reassure anyone concerned about contacting the police that Trident has great expertise in protecting witnesses and there are a huge variety of measures that can be put in place to protect you."

Anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8733 4211 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Two arrested over body in burning car

February 28, 2011 by  

Police have made two arrests following the discovery of a body in a burning car in Angerstein Lane, Blackheath.

Officers found the car alight in the early hours of Saturday morning. The body, found in the boot of the Mercedes C-Class, was later identified as 21 year old Gagandip Singh from Bexleyheath.

Mr Singh was the president of the British Sikh Students Federation. A 19 year old man and a 19 year old woman has been arrested on suspicion of his murder.

An incident room has opened at Lewisham under Detective Chief Inspector Damian Allain from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

DCI Allain said: "We are appealing for anyone who was in or around the Angerstein Lane area, and who may have seen this car either arrive or seen anyone acting suspiciously as the car was left ablaze, to contact us.

"We already know that the car was last seen around 5:30pm in south-east London, so we are also appealing to anyone who can help us identify how the car came to be in Angerstein Lane.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4805 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Friends and family of the victim are planning to visit Angerstein Lane this evening to pay their respects.

University of Greenwich student murdered

February 14, 2011 by  

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A "popular and able" student from the University of Greenwich was murdered close to Penge East railway station on Saturday night.

Samuel Guidera, 24, died from a knife wound after being found in the street at the junction of Bailey Place and Newlands Park, SE26. Police believe Samuel may have been the victim of a robbery as he made his way from the railway station to a bus stop in Newlands Park.

Samuel was studying history and politics at the University of Greenwich's Greenwich campus.

A statement on behalf of his family reads,

"Samuel was a hard working man, who was passionate about his studies. He was also very family orientated. We are devastated and cannot understand why this has happened. We would appeal to anyone who has information about our son to contact the police."

A spokesperson for the University of Greenwich commented:

"Everyone at the University of Greenwich will be shocked and saddened by this terrible news. Samuel was a first year History student at the University of Greenwich. He was part of the university's School of Humanities & Social Sciences, based on the Greenwich Campus.

"Samuel was a popular and able student who had made excellent progress in his studies, achieving very good grades. He earned  the respect and affection of his tutors and fellow students and  will be sadly missed by those who taught and knew him."

An incident room has opened under the Homicide and Serious Crime Command

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane, said:

"Mr Guidera had spent the day watching football with friends. He travelled on the 21:17 train from Bickley to Penge East. We are keen to speak with anyone who remembers seeing him either on the train or getting off just after 21:30.

"Mr Guidera, who was carrying a pink T-mobile carrier bag, crossed the footbridge over the railway to the Newlands Park exit en route to meet a friend. He went into the local convenience store before walking towards the bus stop on Newlands Park where he was attacked. We are considering a number of possibilities, but believe this may have been a robbery. There would have been a number of people in the area and we are keen to speak with them."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Greenwich Police appeal for help to find man on the run

November 3, 2010 by  

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Police are appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of a man they want to speak to, following an investigation led by detectives in Greenwich.

Officers want to speak to Carlos Hutchinson, 40, from Greenwich, in connection with a kidnap, which took place in August 2010.

On the 25th of August 2010 police received several emergency calls related to a young man who was badly injured and had been bundled in a car in Pinto Way, SE3 and taken to an address in Greenwich.

Following the kidnap, 11 people were arrested; the victim was found alive two days later. All arrested are currently on bail pending further enquiries.

DC Neil May from Greenwich CID said: “We urge members of the public to contact us if they have any information about Carlos Hutchinson. We are keen to speak with him as soon as possible in order to complete our enquiries. We will treat all information given to us in the strictest confidence.”

Greenwich Police are keen to hear from anyone that knows Carlos Hutchinson or knows of his whereabouts.

Members of the public are asked not to approach Mr Hutchinson, but to call police on the following numbers; Plumstead CID on 0208 284 9416 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Five stabbed at North Greenwich bus station

September 6, 2010 by  

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Five men received stabbing injuries in an incident in the early hours of this morning at North Greenwich bus station.

Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene at around 2am on Monday morning.

Four of the victims are aged 17 and one is believed to be in his 20s.

Two victims were quickly discharged, two remain in a comfortable condition and one is in a serious but stable condition.

Buses stopped in Millennium Way whilst police investigated the incident at the bus station.

Anyone with information that might assist should call police on 0300 123 1212; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Andrew Gibb Memorial vandalised

August 28, 2010 by  

The Andrew Gibb Memorial in Blackheath at the junction of Maze Hill and Charlton Way has been struck by vandals.

The memorial, which is opposite the Greenwich Park war memorial and comprises of a water fountain under an impressive eight-sided shelter, was badly damaged in the attack which is believed to have happened sometime on Thursday night.

The stone obelisk has been smashed from its fixings on the fountain and then broken into pieces. I understand that although the panes of glass are smashed frequently, this may be the first time the obelisk has been so badly damaged since the £100,000 refurbishment in 2003.

The damage was spotted by local resident, Mr M Qavi, shortly after 1pm on Friday and quickly reported to the council. He told "that the Councillors and the Council Officials responded immediately by sending out a team to remove the stone ball and glass shards".

Ward councillor, Alex Grant, visited the memorial to view the damage for himself on Friday afternoon.

Andrew Gibb was a local ship-repairer who lived at Garthlands in Westcombe Park, as well being a philanthropist and one of the first Aldermen of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich.  According to the Greenwich Council website, he left £1,200 for the erection of a public water fountain when he died in 1908.

You can see how the Andrew Gibb Memorial looked before the vandalism here and here.

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Three found guilty of bike shop robbery

July 9, 2010 by  

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Cycle Warehouse, Greenwich

A GANG of three robbers, whose ringleader threatened a shop manager that there would be ‘trouble’ if he didn’t show them where the safe was, were found guilty today.

Adrian Martin, 20, Samuel Morrison, 21, and Gavin Walters, 29, robbed £440 of takings from the Cycle Warehouse in Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, on January 12 this year.

A jury at Woolwich Crown Court found them all guilty of robbery after just two hours of deliberation.

Earlier the court heard from manager Matthew Munro how three hooded men with scarves covering their faces entered his shop at 5.45pm just as he had finished cashing up for the day.

Testifying behind a screen, he said one of them gestured to his hoodie pocket and demanded to be shown the safe.

He said: “[The first one] came behind the counter and grabbed me by the shirt and said ‘this is what’s going to happen’.

“He asked about the safe and I lied and said we don’t have a safe. I said that all we have is the £100 we took today that was in an envelope on the counter and he proceeded to pick it up.

“Then he said ‘I know there is a safe here, I don’t want there to be any trouble and he grabbed his hoodie pocket implying he had a weapon so I told him where the safe was.”

Mr Munro opened the safe for the robbers who took four days worth of takings that had been left in there, the court heard.

Police who were called by Mr Munro picked up the gang in a black VW Beetle within 10 minutes of the incident and found envelopes containing the takings from the shop in the car.

Martin of Fenwick Road, Peckham, Morrison of Boreman House, Thames Street, Greenwich and Walters of Courtney Hotel, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, East London, all denied robbery.

Sentencing was adjourned until August 6 for pre sentence reports.

Murderer gets life sentence

June 11, 2010 by  

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A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Greenwich pensioner, Edward Highwood.

Marcin Orlowski, 21, befriended the victim before going back to his home in Hollymount Close where he attacked and robbed him. Mr Highwood, 79, died from injuries caused to his head.

Orlowski was found guilty at the  Old Bailey on Wednesday. Yesterday, Judge Richard Hawkins ordered that Orlowski serve a minimum of 23 years in prison.

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Teenager dies in Greenwich shooting

April 23, 2010 by  

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A teenager died in the early hours of this morning after an incident apparently involving a gun in Greenwich.

Police were called out to an address in Park Mews, Calvert Road, just after 2am.

A man, believed to be 17 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from the Homicide & Serious Crime Command are investigating and an incident room has been opened at Lewisham this morning.

Five people have already been arrested in connection with this incident and are currently in custody.

Man found guilty of town centre murder

April 20, 2010 by  

A man was found guilty today of the murder of Paul Martin in Greenwich town centre.

Michael Bowden, 28, was found guilty of the unprovoked killing which took place in Greenwich Church Street in March 2009.

Mr Martin, aged 25, was a plumber from Blackheath and was the father of two children.

Bowden, who had been previously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, is due to be sentenced for the crime on Wednesday.

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