Police investigation launched after incident in Mountsfield Park on Sunday 20 November 2016

Earlier this week, we posted a request from the Police about an incident which took place in Mountsfield Park on Sunday 20 November 2016. Sadly this is now a murder investigation. More information can be found at : http://news.met.police.uk/news/murder-investigation-launched-in-catford-201353

Mountsfield Park is a community park which is much loved by the local residents who use it every day. The Friends of Mountsfield Park and the park users we represent are devastated by this dreadful news. We will help in any way we can, and urge anyone who is able to help the Police with their enquiries to come forward.

Please note the following:

  • The Police are appealing to find any witnesses who were in, or near to, Mountsfield Park between approximately 17:15hrs and 18:45hrs on Sunday, 20 November, and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything regarding an incident involving a man in the company of a child.
  • Officers will be conducting appeals at the park one week on from the incident on Sunday 27 November 2016
  • Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4868.
  • To give information anonymously Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.
  • The incident happened on a day when there was no park keeper at Mountsfield Park and the park gates were locked later than usual as a result.

About mountsfieldpark

Mountsfield Park is the green heart of the community in Hither Green and Catford. It is used and loved by residents of all ages and backgrounds, and The Friends of Mountsfield Park was established to represent their wishes and needs. FOMP is committed to engaging with all sections of the community in order to celebrate and enjoy the Park, and membership is open to all. FOMP delivers events, manages the Community Garden project, and shares information and news. It also works with partners including Lewisham Council and Glendale to develop new facilities and opportunities. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofmountsfieldpark/ https://twitter.com/mountsfieldpark http://mountsfieldpark.wordpress.com
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1 Response to Police investigation launched after incident in Mountsfield Park on Sunday 20 November 2016

  1. PUBLIC QUESTION NO 3. Priority 1
    22 FEBRUARY 2017
    Question asked by: Mr Rory McNally
    Member to reply: Cllr Onikosi
    Following on from the very sad incident in November 2016 at Mountsfield Park
    leading to the death of a 5 year old boy, please could I have more information about
    how the Council will be making sure that children visiting the park will be made
    safer? Do you agree, since our park keeper service was reduced from full time to 2
    days per week children and adults have been made less safe? Are you aware, for
    most of the week there has been no park keeper available to assist when there has
    been criminal or antisocial behaviour in the park, and to lock the park up at the end
    of the day? Can you ensure the safety of accompanied and unaccompanied young
    children that visit Mountsfield Park during the day until late in the evening is
    considered more fully?
    Do you accept, if the park had been locked by a park keeper at dusk, it would have
    been less likely that the incident that occurred at Mountsfield Park on 20th November
    2016 would have occurred?
    I was very sorry and saddened to hear about the incident that occurred in
    Mountsfield Park in November 2016 and the Council’s crime enforcement team have
    worked very closely with the police during the thorough investigation. However, I do
    not believe that changes to the Park Keeper Service made in April 2015 had any
    relation to the incident.
    I also do not consider that children and adults have been made less safe since the
    introduction of the changes.
    Park Keepers are a visible presence that help deter antisocial behaviour, however
    they are not on site to directly deal with criminal activity as this is the responsibility of
    the Police Service. Lewisham has many parks that remain open 24 hours a day,
    however, locked parks such as Mountsfield Park are unlocked at dawn and locked at
    dusk each day by a mobile turnkey.
    In addition to the Park Keeper there are also daily mobile park patrols and regular
    visits by cleansing and grounds maintenance staff.
    Mountsfield Park also has the added benefit of the presence of the Glendale
    management team who are based within the park lodge, Monday to Friday, within
    close proximity to the children’s play area and community garden.
    Council officers have also listened to the concerns of the Friends of Mountsfield Park
    and have introduced additional Park Keeper cover when available during the
    summer of 2016.

    As a supplementary question during the 22 Feb 2017 full Council meeting Rory McNally asked the Council to reconsider park keeper provision. He explained that since losing Lewisham’s full time park keepers, the lockable parks are not locked until late into the night which makes the parks less safe. He also suggested that by turning 20% of Lewisham’s amenity grassland into meadow the £120,000 saving would allow full time park keepers to be re-employed.


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