POLICE APPEAL TO TRACE WANTED MAN
Police in Croydon are appealing for assistance to trace a man sought in connection with three alleged offences including grievous bodily harm and common assault.
Paul Shields, 47 (24.06.70) is a black man, about 5ft 9ins tall, of heavy build, with short receding black hair.
He uses an alias of ‘Errol Reid’.
Shields has links to Croydon, South Norwood and Bromley.
If members of the public see Shields, police advise that he should not be approached but they should dial 999 immediately.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call officers at Croydon on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.
You can also Tweet information to police @MetCC.
TWO JAILED FOR ARMED ROBBERY – Police thank public for their support
Two armed robbers whose getaway bid ended on Grange Road have been given jail sentences totalling more than 15 years.
Croydon crown court heard how on Monday, 27 February, there was a robbery of a cash delivery to a petrol station at around 14:30hrs.
During the course of the robbery the two men attacked the two cash in transit guards at the rear of a cash machine. One guard was knocked to the floor by the two men and the other guard was struck across the head and chest with a blue crowbar. Both guards were threatened before the robbers grabbed the cash box and ran off to the rear of the petrol station.
Flying Squad detectives were quickly on scene and took steps to arrest the robbers but the two men fled the scene in the stolen car which they had arrived in.
Detectives attempted to intercept the vehicle when it stopped briefly in Portland Road but it reversed into a police car and mounted the pavement before making off at high speed along Portland Road.
It was pursued by police vehicles, striking street furniture and other vehicles.
Whilst in South Norwood Hill, the cash box was thrown from the passenger side of the car. A short while later in Grange Road the suspect vehicle swerved to the offside carriageway and travelled down the wrong side of a keep left central island where it collided with a member of the public’s vehicle.
One robber was then seen by police to get out of the driver’s door and, despite being Tasered, managed to scale railings into a park area before escaping. The other was detained in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and subsequently arrested on suspicion of robbery.
A short time later armed police attended an address off Cypress Road SE25 where they arrested the other robber.
The driver of the car struck by the robbers, a 41-year-old man, was injured in the collision and taken to hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged and continues to make a good recovery, say police.
Det. Insp. Nick Blackburn, from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “These convictions send out a clear message to those who are contemplating such criminality – the Flying Squad will hunt you down and you will face time in prison.
“I would also like to thank the local community in South Norwood for their support during our investigation.”
A 27-year-old man from South Norwood was sentenced to eight years and four months imprisonment for robbery and six months for aggravated vehicle taking to run concurrently.
Another 27-year-old man from Mitcham was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for robbery.
Both previously pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing at Croydon crown court. (Source Met Police press releases)