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Murder – Northlands Street, E-fit released.


Following a community meeting regarding the tragic recent murder on Northlands Street, we are posting the letter below with details of the incident and observations on the area. If you have information regarding this case please contact the incident room 02087214906.

Police investigating the murder of Andrew Pratt have released an e-fit image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

Police investigating the murder of Andrew Pratt have released an e-fit image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

At 10.45pm on Saturday 2 August, 43 Year old Andrew Pratt was fatally stabbed on Northlands Street, having walked there from Coldharbour lane.

Thank you to those of you who attended this meeting last night (4th September) or sent apologies but asked to be kept informed.

The meeting was addressed by Detective Inspector John Oldham from the investigation team who described current police understanding of the circumstances of the murder of Andrew Pratt and answered questions. A team of 35 is working on this case: to date noone has been charged and police are still trying to identify the suspect. Research and behaviour suggest that he is a local drug addict.

A “photo fit” image has been released: http://cms.met.police.uk/news/appeals/murder/e_fit_released_in_camberwell_murder_inquiry )

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room at Lewisham on 020 8721 4906. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

I then gave a summary of crime figures in Southwell Road/Harbour Road/Vaughan Road/Northlands Street. Prior to and since the murder no street robberies nor violent crime have been reported in these streets for 12 months. This is in line with the rest of Lambeth where street crime has fallen dramatically since last year. House burglary is the most common crime reported with 11 during the last twelve months (Southwell Road accounting for seven). Most of these burglaries could have been prevented if windows had been locked shut or if the front door had been locked with a “Chubb” mortice lock instead of merely a “Yale”. Most burglaries occur during the daytime when houses are unoccupied.

The work of the local Herne Hill ward “safer neighbourhood” police team was then explained. I supervise a team of 5 patrol officers ( 2 PCs and 3 PCSOs) dedicated to dealing with longer term, non-emergency crime and disorder problems.

We can be contacted on our mobile phone via: 0208 721 2824 or HerneHill.SNT@met.police.uk
My team complements the existing 24 hours emergency “response” officers based at Brixton police station: tel 999 (emergency) or 0208 326 1212 (non-emergency).

We work in partnership with Lambeth Council who play a key role in reducing crime and fear of crime. Lambeth Council Community Safety coordinator Rachel Gailey (RGailey@lambeth.gov.uk) and local Councillor Kirsty McHugh (kmchugh@lambeth.gov.uk) were present and explained their roles.

It was suggested that the Loughborough Junction area would benefit from a cohesive residents’ group or forum to represent local opinion. Such a group, if established, could influence the safer neighbourhood police team’s local priorities through our 3 monthly community pane meetings.

Yours sincerely
Tom Cornish
Herne Hill ward “safer neighbourhood” police team

Author: loughboroughjunction

The Loughborough Junction Forum is a grassroots organisation set up by local people to provide all members of the community with a way to improve the Loughborough Junction area. It is intended that it provides eyes, ears and a collective voice for the community. All participants are invited to provide accounts of what they see happening within the area and to share their concerns and ideas with the forum so that they can be collated and channelled to the relevant authorities.

6 thoughts on “Murder – Northlands Street, E-fit released.

  1. Dear resident

    As you may already know, a 43 year old man from Streatham was charged on 24th November with the murder of Andrew Pratt in Northlands Street SE5 on 2nd August. He is being held in custody pending a full court trial.

    I am grateful for the information and support you provided to the investigating officers and to my team.

    Yours sincerely

    Tom Cornish


    Herne Hill safer neighbourhood police team

    Tel: 0208 649 2007

  2. Spring Gardens in Vauxhall and Kennington Park are in the running to receive £400k from the London Assembly.

    However 45 other parks are also in the running and only 10 parks can be successful. These 10 will be decided by public vote so it is imperative we mobilise as many people as possible. The potential benefits of attracting such funding are obvious. Two things – can you vote yourself and can you get others to do so as well.

    The winning parks will be improved in a variety of ways, ranging from better footpaths and more lighting for safety, to providing new playgrounds and facilities for children. Others will open new cafes, refurbish derelict public toilets and improve cycle routes. Many will see traditional flower gardens restored, new wildlife habitats created, and plots provided for communities to grow fruit and vegetables.

    There are three ways in which votes can be registered:

    Online – go to http://www.london.gov.uk/parksvote
    Post – You can request a postal vote form by calling City Hall’s Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.
    Text – Text ‘parks’ and your full London post code to 62967. This will automatically vote for the nearest park on our shortlist to that post code in the same borough.

    Voting closes 30 January 2009

  3. I’m trying to find out the result of the trial of Errol Clarke who was charged with Andrew Pratt’s murder – does anyone know if he was found guilty, and if so what the sentence was? thanks

  4. Reply to Ben (July 8 2009)

    Errol Clarke changed his plea to guilty after new evidence was submitted on Weds 21st October. He will be sentenced on Monday 26th October 2009. Andrew is sadly missed by all who knew him. Thank you for your interest and support.

    His brother

  5. Thanks for the update Tony, and I’m so sorry for your loss. I suppose it may at least be some comfort to know that the man responsible is going to prison.

  6. And for those others interested in this case, here is the Police press report:


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