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article imageBromley – crime capital of Britain?

By Alexander Baron     Aug 18, 2011 in Crime
Bromley - Is the London Borough of Bromley the crime capital of Britain? Probably not, but if you read this week’s local freesheet, you will certainly get that impression.
The inner front page of News Shopper, Bromley edition, dated Wednesday, August 17, 2011 is festooned with 34 photographs of alleged rioters and looters – 33 faces and 1 tattooed arm.
Most of those accused appear to be black and young, but as usual there is room for the dishonourable exception; the bloke with the glasses is clearly not in the first flush of youth because his bald head is not the result of a haircut, and on page 4, we hear the sad tale of spoilt little white girl Laura Johnson, a university student who lives on a farm. For now. After pleading guilty to five counts of burglary at Bexley Magistrates’ Court, she was remanded on bail subject to tagging and a curfew. She comes from a privileged background, and appears in court next on September 21 when it may be that her education is interrupted if the bench decides that £5K of electrical goods and £500 of booze and fags warrants more than a slap on the wrist.
On page 7, is an unrelated report of two brothers who have been gaoled, one for four years, the other for four years and eight months. Rather than looting, these two unsavouries stole some copper cable. With the recession and increasing prices of scrap metal, this kind of seemingly bizarre theft has been on the rise; in some places thieves have even been stealing drain covers, which can be dangerous for road users. This copper cable theft definitely was dangerous because it was stolen from a remote trackside substation on the line between Penge West and Sydenham last December. A third man, James Payne also known as James Smith, should have been in the dock with them, unfortunately, he was fatally electrocuted during the commission of the crime.
On page 18 is a report of a man described as the kingpin of a multi-million pound skunk cannabis ring. Anthony Mills was sentenced to a hefty seventeen and a half years; other members of his gang have already been sentenced.
Finally, back on page 16 is a further report on the case of Tobi Henry, who received an even heavier sentence, deservedly.
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