Police Officer shot during arrest

From http://www.met.police.uk 4 October 2014

A man has been arrested after a police officer was shot in the hand in Welling.

Police were called at around 21.10hrs on Friday 3 October to reports of a car having collided with a number of cars and then a lamppost on Westwood Lane, Blackfen.

The suspected driver of the car was seen to walk off from the scene. A short time later, a man matching the description of the suspected driver was stopped by two Bexley officers in Wendover Way. This man then produced a revolver style handgun, pointed it at officers, and discharged it. One of the officers, a male PC, suffered a gunshot wound to the hand.

The second officer, also male, detained the suspect, aged 51, and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and drink driving – he remains in custody. Both officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment and have both since been discharged. They are being provided with welfare support by the Metropolitan Police.

Borough Commander of Bexley Peter Ayling said:

“Last night’s incident highlights the dangers that police officers can face as they go about their job. My officers, knowing they were faced with a man in possession of a firearm, did not shirk from their duty to protect Londoners. They bravely confronted this man, disarmed him and arrested him – I cannot praise their courage enough.”

The weapon and ammunition was recovered at the scene. Officers from Trident investigate – enquiries continue.

Anyone who witnessed the incidents is asked to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The incident was reported in the News Shopper and can be seen here. It was also reported on the front page of the News Shopper 8 Oct. 2014.


Guided walk of Blackfen

On 28 September 2013 some members of the Blackfen Past and Present Facebook Group joined me for a walk around Blackfen, taking in some of the historic aspects of the district. Starting at Merino Place, our walk lasted over three hours! It was lovely to share my research with others and to hear other people’s memories of the place. And of course we finished our walk with a pint in the George Staples.

A photographic version of the walk will be put on this website soon, for all those who live too far away to have joined us.

Christmas 2012

Christmas in Blackfen 2012

Christmas in Blackfen 2012

Business owners in Blackfen have clubbed together to ensure a display of Christmas lights in 2012. There has been no funding from Bexley Council for two years and so Debbie Jones of GPS Lettings organised a collection amongst the shop owners.

Everyone has said how spectacular the lights are.

Boris in Blackfen 2011

In 2007 funding from Natural England and Design for London provided for two studies on improving public access and enhancing the flow and wildlife habitats of the River Shuttle in Parish Wood Park. In Phase One 2008-09, access routes for residents were improved, making them clean, dry and safe. For Phase Two 2009-11, £400,000 was secured from the Mayor of London’s Priority Parks Scheme, in which Parish Wood secured the most votes in the London South East region.

On 10 November 2011 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visited Parish Wood Park to see the improvements made to the park and how the wetlands area is being used. Pupils from Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School demonstrated the fun to be had in the new playground and took part in a pond dipping activity with the Mayor.

Boris visits Parish Wood

Boris Johnson visits Parish Wood

Oval fair 2011

The Oval Traders’ Summer Fair was held on Saturday 11 June 2011 at The Oval, Sidcup.

The Oval

The Oval

There were children’s rides, games and activities, a dog show, live music, tombola, plant stall, face-painting, portrait-painting and much more. I was also on a stall with a display of local history.

Held in aid of the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, it was packed with people and was a great success.

Library display 2010

My display at Blackfen Library from 2 October to 6 November 2010, showing a selection of images from Blackfen’s Past and Present, was a great success. Many people showed an interest and got in touch with me about all aspects of Blackfen.

Library display 2010

Library display 2010

On 5 November, people were invited to come along to talk to me about Blackfen. It went very well and I was astounded at the number of people who turned up with interesting photographs, fascinating stories and snippets of information which would otherwise go unrecorded.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed.