Latest police operation at Southeastern stations sees nine arrests

Police have conducted searches involving knife arches at Plumstead and Sidcup stations in recent days with nine arrests.

According to police, the arrests were for:

  • Adult Male for absconding from immigration.
  • Adult Male for Handling Stolen Goods
  • Adult Male shown wanted for breaching a court order.
  • Adult Male for Handling Stolen Goods
Courtesy Bexley Police
  • Adult Male for a public order offence
  • Adult Female for Handling Stolen Goods and Breach of Court Bail
  • Juvenile Male for possession of an offensive weapon.
  • Adult Male for Assault on an Emergency Worker, Public Order offence and fare evasion.
  • Adult Male for possession of a controlled drug.
Plumstead station exit

This is the least in a series of joint operations between the British Transport Police and Met covering a number of south east London stations.


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22 thoughts on “Latest police operation at Southeastern stations sees nine arrests

  • We need more of the same. Too many crooks and grown men pursuing a life of crime and getting away with it.
    1. Plumstead, Woolwich Dockyard, Charlton, Belvedere are used too often as train stations for fare evasion. If you can’t pay an oyster fare for train travel, use the bus. Don’t blame “the system”. Many of these people are too interested in a life of crime, designer clothing, cars, girlfriends and intimacy rather than bettering their lives. This often results in unplanned children. I saw one girlfriend and boyfriend during off peak hours coming off the train at the aforementioned stops, searching for ticket inspectors prior to disembarking. The shocking thing is, they had a pram and a small child in there.

    2. SE need to invest in more ticket inspectors on board services and/or man the station. You can’t just leave it to the MET to handle, especially in off-peak hours.

  • The question to ask is how many convictions result, not how many arrests – and if that rate is any better than would occur by stopping people at random. Therein lie answers to questions about value for money, or whether this is just window dressing. Perhaps you could look into this?

  • “Too many crooks and grown men pursuing a life of crime and getting away with it.”

    We could apply the same statement to Investment Bankers considering what happened during the financial crisis.

    • Absolute nonsense.

      1. Investment Bankers (those working within M&A) were not responsible for the financial crisis. Traders, affiliated with the S&T division were mostly responsible for excessive risk taking and lack of product control. However, lax regulation, illiquid insurance companies and a failed credit rating system held greater responsibility than so called “investment bankers”. Ultimately, if a payment plan for a mortgage is unrealistic for you to pay, why would you buy the house? Just like if a car is too expensive to pay off I.e. 60k why would you buy it for short term relief I.e. putting a deposit of 100GBP down? This is what ruined the country, lack of foresight by individuals.

      2. Most of these men are too involved in consumerism and lack long-term planning ability. Where you start of in life may not be your fault, but take responsibility for where you reach in life. Social mobility is taking much more seriously by large firms and universities.

      3. Why take the train a couple of stops when you could take the bus or just walk. Many people lack drive and blame everyone else rather than looking at themselves first. It’s a mentality issue.

  • It seems you have issues with taking responsibility also…

    • There’s nothing materially wrong with what I have stated. Typically in life, the harder you work, the greater you achieve. There are other avenues to earn money rather than carrying a knife. Honestly don’t understand what you find wrong with my comment. I just want knife crime in London to be tackled most effectively, preferably by education. I think all types of education are the route up the social ladder I.e. apprenticeship, access courses, technical skills courses (programming, plumbing, electrician training…)

      • IB dont moralise to us about social mobility/responsibility. Remember it was the public purse that bailed out the banks after they almost crashed the global economy.

        I might also remind you that opportunity gaps widened for the poor in the aftermath (e.g. austerity).

        Not ‘seeing anything wrong’ with their actions is a pattern with IBs.

        • You can’t blame investment bankers for the bailouts, that’s the Government’s fault!
          The Government should ave let the banks that were in trouble fail and not bail them out.

          Unfortunately it only takes a number of rogue traders/rotten apples to brings down the system..

          • “Consider this: Every time there is a crisis, the taxpayer is called on to bail out the banks and the major financial institutions. If you had a real capitalist economy in place, that would not be happening. Capitalists who made risky investments and failed would be wiped out. But the rich and powerful do not want a capitalist system. They want to be able to run the nanny state so when they are in trouble the taxpayer will bail them out. The conventional phrase is “too big to fail.”


          • HK read more. The too big to fail banks can and do hold G20 governments over a barrel. IBs run major game theory: profit from their bets in boom years and the tax payer underwrites the busts or else banks blow up the economy.

            Yes reality is harsh. But if like IB you prefer to blow up bubbles and live in one go ahead. Good luck with that survival plan!

          • I think the above comments try to simplify IB too much and are synonymous with people “headline-binging”. As a profession, people in IB work extremely long hours (usually 8am/9am – 1am daily, with around 10hrs on the weekend), equating to roughly 90hrs weekly, depending on division. They achieved top mark’s at GCSE, A-Level and uni, managed to get an internship (odds of around 1-3% of all applicants of getting in) and convert that to a full time offer (conversion rate around 25-50%). Although they start on 50k + 20-25% bonus (which is a nice salary to have at 21), they are at risk of losing their jobs, heavy bullying and no social life).

            Ultimately, regulators, Credit agencies and insurance companies all failed too, but are cut some slack from the general public. The next bubble seems to be in the car industry with people putting only £100-£1000 deposit down for a car costing 60k, and financing the rest. Are we going to blame investment bankers for that as well? Or can some blame be apportioned to individuals irrational decision making, similar to this article. Life is about choices – taking someones life removes their choice. There are multiple other avenues apart from violence, fancy clothing, selling drugs and having girlfriends and children you cannot afford. People just need guidance.

  • Now you’re just verging into Ayn Rand influenced ‘victimhood’, whilst reiterating repulsive reactionary opinions about others with zero self-awareness.

    • You’re just making statements now. Bring evidence for:
      1. How I’m verging into the relam of “influenced victimhood’
      2 Reiterating repulsive reactionary opinions
      3. Having zero self-awareness.

      I’m keen to know where you’ve formed this judgement and any justification.

      • 1. This is the intent behind your entire first paragraph above, along with your other contrived reactions.

        2. Your original comment expresses little of value about knife crime or anything else, it only uses the petty issue of fare dodging as an excuse to express reactionary, classist opinions about people you feel entitled to judge and ‘disapprove of’.

        3. The nature of your whole discourse here, principally your assertion that “There’s nothing materially wrong with what I have stated” in relation to your initial comment above.

  • Yet more elitist twaddle!

    What non IBs don’t need is more centrally driven asset inflation designed to prop up failing banks that drive the prices of things like stocks and housing out of the reach ordinary folk.

    You dont have to whistle in the wind at a subprime auto crash. The government has been blowing huge rasberrys in the property markets or over a decade. I wonder who will own those repossesed assets when that bubble bursts? Im sure I’ve seen this movie before.

    By the way IBs dont have a monopoly on stellar credentials, long hours, job insecurity, etc. There are plenty of other professionals who could kick your rear up and down assessment centres or exam rooms and have more letters after their names and do more good for society.

    The big difference is they don’t have their screw ups underwritten by the treasury and work in a profession with a multi £B global lobbying machine to make that a reality.

    Better men have fought and lost the banker PR war post credit crunch. You my friend stand no chance!

    • Most people wouldn’t dream of working 90+ hour weeks for someone else. It takes sacrifices to get to where they are and I’ve seen many people from disadvantaged backgrounds getting in now.

      Apologising on people’s behalf for carrying out the aforementioned activities is frankly inexcusable. Don’t criticise others who made sacrifices in their early life to reach where they are now.

      Most people can’t work 90+hr weeks, be presentable with clients, think quickly on their feet and work in a backstabbing industry with high turnover. I’m sure most people attacking IB’s here just don’t know what it takes.

      Banks/Consultancy do have the monopoly on talent. Most policy makers have had a stint there before moving to other high profile positions. It’s only recently that tech has come into the picture.

      Where do we draw the line and have people responsible for their actions?

      The financial crisis was not just a failure of S&T but also systemic across the whole financial industry (CRA’s, Insurance companies, Goverment regulators). Solely reading the Daily Mail to attack banks from your armchair isn’t a valid argument I’m afraid. Instead of criticising people above you, work to improve your career prospects. Increase your skillset, learn something new….

  • Interesting. How long have you suffered from these grandiose delusions exactly?

  • Let me guess. Brain of Britain IB doesnt have a Ph.D, scholarships won in national competition + prof quals? Plenty of those in my office by the way!

    Clearly can’t read between the lines so critical skills naff!

    p*** poor grasp of fact.

    Never had an original thought in his life so relies on FT, DT for opinion pieces.

    Has plenty of ideas above his station though.

    • Professional qualifications: MBBS at Imperial, ACA qualified, working in a Tier 1 Bank within ER whilst also currently completing a part time MSc in Finance at LSE.
      That is in addition to CFA, CISI and IMC. This is in addition to internships AT MBB and World Bank. When I talk about knife crime or violence, I know what I’m talking about, as someone that grew up on Ferrier estate in Kidbrooke. I wasnt interested in trainers or womanizing at an early stage, just kept my head down and worked hard. Don’t lecture me on life. I’ve watched my parents starve, take a bus for 3 hrs each way (to avoid paying increased costs of tube) to go to the university, armed burglary in our apartment, gone without TV or computer or internet for most of my school life, no heating or shower, damp mould in buildings etc. I speak from the heart unlike you with a silver spoon up your a**.

      A pHD in ancient history doesn’t count as a qualification. In addition, it’s incredibly easy to get pHD funding if you’re good enough, unlike a fully funded part time masters like I’ve got. Your employment prospects haven’t improved by doing your Mickey mouse course at London Met.

      • Ph.D not pHD doofus. That answers that question then.

        I take it you’re a troll. No one I know with credentials worth a mention needs to name check them all the time.

        Wrong on all counts about my creds & prof (Russell League – law/finance). But hey facts matter less than opinions right!

        Congrats on your part-time M.Sc scholarship. Lol! You’re a real winner.


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