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I saw a huge CCTV van turning into Weston Park yesterday evening. Part I guess of the police response to recent reports and rumours of mugging victim being threatened wit machetes in the area. Our local police also sent out this email:
We have received several enquiries about muggings in Weston Park and also Inderwick road recently. Below is Haringey Police official response.
"Detectives in Haringey police Robbery Squad are investigating a number of robbery offences and are keeping an open mind at this stage as to whether they are linked.
There is increased police activity and local Safer Neighbourhoods Team officers have been carrying out patrols to target the appropriate times and locations in order to reassure residents and disrupt offenders.
Haringey has seen a year on year reduction in personal robbery offences over the past five years and we are working to consolidate that reduction and ensure that offences continue to fall.
We take this opportunity to remind people of the standard personal safety advice that we routinely provide to the public to take note of as a matter of course:
If you have information about crime, dial Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Sergeant John McGrath
Crouch End SNT - Haringey
( Phone: 0208 649 3515
2 Fax: 0208 347 5868
: E-mail: John.McGrath@met.police.uk
+ Mail: The Collection 73-75 Crouch Hall Road N8
OpinioN8 recently received this update from Sgt McGrath. While the offence in Weston Park is not listed it is believed that this group were responsible for that attack, and they are now behind bars.
We promised you an update regarding the sentencing on Friday of three people for a linked series of robberies:
Group sentenced for linked robberies
Two men and a 16 year old boy have been sentenced to a total of 20 years on Friday 2 September 2011 for their part in a series of linked robberies.
Devante Jonah Cazley aged 18, of Gloucester Drive, N4, was sentenced to nine years detention while Parvez Hussein, aged 22, of Colthurst Crescent, N4, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. A 16 year old boy from Hackney was sentenced to two years detention and training order at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Detectives carried out an extensive tri borough investigation after 15 men were robbed between December 2010 and February 2011 across Islington, Haringey and Hackney.
In each incident, the victims were threatened with a large machete and what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun. The victims were then forced to hand over their property, cash cards and PIN numbers, before money was withdrawn from their bank accounts. After several of the robberies, Cazley and Hussein went to a specific cash point in Stamford Hill, N19, and withdrew as much cash as possible from the victims' bank accounts.
Local officers from the three boroughs were involved in the operation to apprehend the suspects, together with officers from the Territorial Support Group.
Detectives viewed CCTV near the Stamford Hill cash point which showed a silver Rover 75 car in the area around the same time the suspects used the stolen cards.
On 2 February 2011, after Hussein and Cazley had committed another robbery in Oakfield Road, N4, officers observed the same car, which was owned by Parvez Hussein, near the cash point at Stamford Hill. Hussein and Cazley left the car and approached the cash point with the victim’s stolen cash card when officers arrested them. Officers then searched the car where they discovered a machete, an imitation sawn-off shotgun and the victim’s property.
A 16 year old boy was arrested following further enquiries on 18 February 2011.
Detectives gathered substantial evidence to charge the suspects. They showed the suspects had used the victims’ stolen bank cards shortly after each robbery, and found the victims’ property during searches in the suspects’ homes.
On 13 July 2011 the three admitted their respective involvement in committing 10 of the robberies and they all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Mark Pearse, from Islington Police, said: "These sentences reflect not only the gravity of the crimes committed by these three defendants but also offer a sense of closure and comfort to the 15 people who were robbed. The background to these crimes highlights the extent to which gang culture and the resulting peer group pressure can impact on young people. The main motivation for these young men was to raise their credibility amongst their peers and show their involvement in serious crime and violence.
"The intricacy of this investigation involved team work on a large scale and the outstanding work, tireless dedication and professionalism shown by the officers and staff involved in this contributed to the successful outcome of this case."
Detective Supt. Adrian Usher, from Islington Police, said: “I am very proud to have led dedicated officers from three separate boroughs and specialist departments who worked together to hunt down the people responsible for these vicious crimes. These individuals chose weapons designed to maximize terror in their victims to elicit their PIN numbers. My team was highly motivated as they had witnessed first hand that in some cases this was a life changing experience for the victims. We will continue to tackle serious violence and robbery, and will relentlessly pursue people committing such crimes.”
Specific details of the robberies:
- Hussein and Cazley admitted robbing a man on 6/12/10 in Queens Drive, Hackney, N4.
- Hussein admitted robbing a man on 16/12/10 in Digby Crescent, Hackney, N4.
- Cazley admitted robbing a man on 23/12/10 in Oxford Road, Haringey, N4.
- Cazley admitted robbing two men on 9/1/11 in Bouverie Road, Hackney, N16. The 16 year old admitted robbing one of those men with Cazley.
- Cazley admitted robbing a man on 14/1/11 in Highbury Hill, Islington, N5.
- Hussein admitted robbing a man on 18/1/11 in Highbury Hill, Islington, N5.
- Both Hussein and Cazley admitted carrying out robberies on 22/1/11 in Stapleton Hall Road, Haringey, N4 then another in Petherton Road, Islington, N5. On 29/1/11 they also robbed a man in Petherton Road, Islington, N5 and another man on 2/2/11 in Oakfield Road, Haringey, N4