Suspected domestic abuser and suspected illegal drug dealer arrested as new police recruits take to the streets

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Local police teams in Camberwell and Peckham arrested two men suspected of drug and domestic violence offenses on Friday October 21.

Southwark Police Inspector Cornish hailed the ‘vigilance’ of neighborhood constables and hailed ‘an influx of eager and alert new recruits’.

One arrest – in Tillings Close, Camberwell – saw a man ‘acting suspiciously’ being stopped and searched by police who found suspected Class A and later Class B drugs.

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He was arrested and released under investigation so that laboratory analysis of the substances could be undertaken.

In Peckham town center also on Friday, police recognized a 22-year-old man wanted in connection with the assault on his ex-partner four days earlier.

Police said he fled from officers pursuing the suspect, eventually catching and arresting him in Elm Grove. The man was later charged with assault and coercive/controlling behavior and remanded in custody over the weekend to appear in court on Monday October 24.

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Southwark Police Inspector Cornish said: ‘The vigilance of Neighborhood Officers brought suspects to justice and protected vulnerable victims. We are fortunate to have an influx of enthusiastic and alert new recruits who have strengthened the Neighborhood teams and are learning quickly from their more experienced colleagues”.

Since then, Southwark’s police force has been further strengthened. On Monday, November 7, 42 new officers joined the force as part of a postgraduate program run by Police Now, a police recruitment charity.

Five of those officers will be posted to the South Central region, which covers Southwark and Lambeth.

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