A man has been charged with several knife and drug crimes after a spate of armed robberies on the South Bank.
The man was hit with three counts of knifepoint robbery, one count of possession of a knife and one count of drug possession with intent to supply, after being found with over 800 grams of cannabis – worth about £5,000 on the street. That came after a series of knifepoint robberies along the busy tourist area filled with bars and restaurants.
It comes as police continue to crack down on robberies in Southwark and Lambeth as the weather improves and people start to congregate more outside, detective inspector Donnett Oseni told the News.
DI Oseni said that robberies in Southwark and Lambeth are down twenty per cent this week compared to the previous week. She put this down to extra foot patrols in the borough as part of a concerted police effort to control robberies.
Other incidents over the past week include two men being charged with conspiracy to rob after someone had an expensive watch stolen outside St Thomas’ hospital near Waterloo.
Elsewhere, two youths were arrested on suspicion of carrying out a linked series of mobile phone robberies in a large area ranging from London Bridge to Clapham. Officers recovered seven mobile phones, and five of them have been restored to their owners. The two teenagers have been bailed pending a charging decision.
Two men were also arrested on suspicion of carrying out a knifepoint robbery on Borough High Street in early March, DI Oseni added. Finally, a man has been charged with robbery after an incident on Kennington Road.