The case of Elita Amantova, a mentally-ill homeless Latvian lady who is thought to have buried her new baby alive somewhere within of one of the two Tooting Commons was heard at the Old Bailey today, Friday 5 December 2014. The court heard the lady who was suffering from a Schizophrenia-type mental-illness had come to work in the UK in 2008 but having lost her job she ended up in the company of criminals in Norfolk who forced her to work as a prostitute. However she managed escape to London and by August 2012 she was known to have been heavily pregnant and living rough at Streatham Cemetery on Garratt Lane in Tooting surviving on foraged berries and bread that locals in Tooting had thrown out for birds. She gave birth alone and buried the baby shortly afterwards, thought to be somewhere on one of the Tooting Commons. Parts of the legs of the baby were then dug up by foxes and carried to a tractor yard just off Dr Johnson's Avenue in the Tooting Commons area where they were discovered by a council worker on 10 September 2012 and a criminal investigation was begun. A week later the lady was arrested outside a supermarket in Garratt Lane and subsequently went on to admit that she had buried the baby whilst it was still alive. Elita Amantova, aged 39, pleaded guilty to infanticide and admitted causing the death of her child by burying the newborn baby alive while she was mentally disturbed but she denied a charge of murder. The court accepted her not guilty plea due to her mental state. Infanticide, which she admitted to, covers killings where mothers' minds are disturbed having not fully recovered from giving birth. Judge Paul Worsley QC sentenced her to an indefinite term in hospital care as he felt that imprisonment was not appropriate in this case. Read more & comment.
- Fri 5th Dec 2014,
Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, has been reported to the police for allegedly looking at his phone whist driving. Conservative MP for North Swindon, Justin Tomlinson wrote, to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to call for an investigation following the publication of a slightly blurry photo on the Guido Fawkes’ blog which allegedly shows Sadiq Khan looking at his phone whist driving. This has been much reported in the nation media. Read more & comment.
- Tue 4th Nov 2014,
An accident on Upper Tooting Road today (Saturday 26 July 2014) saw a motorist drive his car on to a bike stand on the pavement at 45 degrees, just narrowly missing busy Saturday shoppers and those enjoying their coffees and food at the tables outside the nearby Disottos Grill eatery. Read more & comment.
- Sat 26th Jul 2014,
Metropolitan police have charged Elita Amantova, a 38 year old woman of no fixed abode, with murder in relation to the baby's legs found within dustbins located in Tooting Bec Common in September 2012. She has been detained under the Mental Health Act and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday 16 May 2014. Read more & comment.
- Thu 15th May 2014,
The Metropolitan Police have stated that the dangerous patient who escaped from Springfield Hospital in Tooting Bec (on Saturday 22 March 2014) was found on bus in Lewisham in the early hours of this morning, 27 Mar 2014. Read more & comment.
- Thu 27th Mar 2014,
The Metropolitan Police are seeking, Mark Rickets, a violent paranoid schizophrenic man who absconded from Springfield Hospital in Tooting Bec on Sat 22 Mar 2014. He is a 6ft 2in black man, with a mole on his face between his eyebrows. If seen members of the public have been advised not approach him and to ring 999. Read more & comment.
- Tue 25th Mar 2014,
An elderly man has died following a burglary which occurred on Selkirk Road in Tooting today. The Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation and are asking for members of the public to contact them, if they have any information, either directly on 101 or anonymously (via Crimestoppers) on 0800 555 111. Read more & comment.
- Tue 11th Feb 2014,
There was an accident involving a bus outside Tooting Broadway Station at around 6.20pm today, 16 December 2013. A middle aged man was run over by a 131 bus as it turned from Mitcham Road into the Southern side of Tooting High Street. Read more & comment.
- Mon 16th Dec 2013,
There has been a big problem with small advertisement stickers being stuck to commercial premises in Tooting but the problem seems to have now spread to homes. A number of Tooting Online forum members have reported such stickers being stuck to their homes in Tooting Bec and Wandsworth Metropolitan Police have advised that residents should remove such stickers and report it to them as they think that this could possibly be a way for burglars to mark out homes to target. Read more & comment.
- Thu 14th Nov 2013,
A convoy of travellers caravans and cars illegally invaded Tooting Bec Common this week. They were made to move on by the local police and council, as has happened numerous occasions in recent times, but on this occasion they appear to have left a trail of devastation the likes of which have never been seen on the common. Many tonnes of rubbish including builders waste has been dumped onto a natural wooded habitat area of the common. This is expected to cost thousands of pounds to clear up. Read more & comment.
- Fri 20th Sep 2013,
Local policing in Tooting is changing with the Wandsworth Metropolitan Police implementing the Local Policing Model (LPM) on Monday 16 September 2013. Merton Metropolitan Police has already implemented the Local Policing Model in the parts of Tooting SW17 within the Borough of Merton on Monday 8 July 2013. Broadly speaking this new model of policing will see 3 local policing areas (LPA) being introduced across a borough, covering a number of Safer Neighbourhood Team areas, with each local policing area being looked after by a dedicated police inspector. The main difference with the Local Policing Model will be that it will make it easier for police to move around between different wards / safer neighbourhood team areas within a LPA instead of being confined to their own specific area. Read more & comment.
- Wed 11th Sep 2013,
Wandsworth Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the Tooting Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), also commonly referred to as the Tooting Alcohol Free Zone by Wandsworth Council, was reviewed at the end of its one year trial period (30 July 2013) and will now carry on indefinitely until it is rescinded. In addition the Mitcham Designated Public Place Order (also known as the Mitcham Controlled Drinking Zone - CDZ), which had been covering the part of Tooting SW17 in the Borough of Merton, has both been extended and expanded to cover the entire Borough of Merton. Read more & comment.
- Wed 14th Aug 2013,
A number of flowers have been stolen from the new garden areas at Tooting Rail Station. They had only been planted last month, on Friday 10 May 2013. A representative of First Capital Connect, the station operator, said that they are looking to replace these as soon as possible. Read more & comment.
- Tue 25th Jun 2013,
As of this week Tooting Police Station is now only open to the public for just 3 hours per week as a contact point for non-emergencies. The hours are Wednesday 7 - 8pm, Thursday 7 - 8pm and Saturday 2 - 3pm. The reduced hours were implemented as a result of the recommendations given in a policing report, which had been recently published on the 25 March 2013. The same report also stated that the current Tooting Police Station, a big Art Deco building, was far too large so it will ultimately be closed and relocated. Read more & comment.
- Mon 24th Jun 2013,
Wandsworth Metropolitan Police are investigating how, what appears to be a placenta, got to be buried along a path behind Tooting Bec Athletics Track on Tooting Graveney Common. The item was in an ice-cream tub within a carrier bag and it was found on the Morning of Saturday 30 April 2013 by a dog walker. Read more & comment.
- Tue 2nd Apr 2013,
Following a public consultation the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced the final Crime and Policing Plans for London today (25 March 2013). The plans say that the Tooting Police Station is too large for longer term policing needs and ultimately the current site will have to close and relocate to smaller premises. The station will at present continue to be used for operational purposes by the police. The front counter will however be closed for regular day time use by the public but it will be open for 3 hours a week as a non-emergency contact point for local people, from both Wandsworth and Merton. Read more & comment.
- Mon 25th Mar 2013,
A public meeting to discuss changes to local policing including the proposals to close Tooting Police Station’s public counter was held at Wandsworth Town Hall on Tuesday 26 February 2013. The meeting was attended by over 100 people including Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, and it was lead by the Mayor of London. They said that the idea behind the changes was to have more police and fewer buildings and to reduce the number of 24 hour counters to just one per borough. With regards to Tooting Police Station it was confirmed that the public counter was earmarked for closure but not the station itself. Read more & comment.
- Wed 27th Feb 2013,
A Chinese dance and storytelling event took place at Tooting Library on Friday 22 February 2013, in celebration of the Chinese New Year - "The Year of the Snake". Sinman Yue, of the Chinese Dance company told stories, performed dances and invited the children from the audience to have ago at some of the dances. Read more & comment.
- Fri 22nd Feb 2013,
A public consultation is underway regarding new policing plans for London which include the proposed closure of the front (public) counter at Tooting Police Station on Mitcham Rd. A public meeting is due to be held about this locally in February and the deadline for comments to the consultation is 6th March 2013. Read more & comment.
- Fri 11th Jan 2013,
Gloria Knowles, a grandmother aged 71, who worked at Harringtons Pie and Mash Shop on Selkirk Rd in Tooting, has died as a result of an attack by her daughter’s five dogs in Morden. This occurred on the evening of Tuesday 30 October 2012 and the dogs have now been removed from the home by police. Mrs Knowles' family have run Harringtons in Tooting for several generations. Read more & comment.
- Thu 1st Nov 2012,
A 36 year old woman has been arrested and detained under the mental health act, in relation to the baby’s legs found on the Tooing Commons last week. Read more & comment.
- Wed 19th Sep 2012,
A part of the Tooting Commons area in Tooting Bec was cordoned off today when infant body parts, thought to be of a baby, where found in the Dr Johnson Avenue area. Police are further investigating. Read more & comment.
- Mon 10th Sep 2012,
Przemyslaw Lepkowski, a 24 year old man from Croydon, was found seriously injured at Eastbourne Rd in Tooting on Sunday 20 May. He went on to die the next evening and the police have now launched a murder inquiry about this incident. Read more & comment.
- Tue 22nd May 2012,
An elderly man crossing Mitcham Road (A217), near Tooting Broadway Underground Station, was hit by a lorry and fatally injured around 9.30am today. He was pulled beneath the wheels of the lorry and crushed. This is just one of a number of horrific accidents to occur in Tooting within the last few months. Read more & comment.
- Fri 18th May 2012,
Ekram Haque, was attacked and killed by a gang of youths in Church Lane, Tooting, on 31st August 2009, in front of his 3 year old granddaughter. It has come to light that the killers have been released having only served about 2 years. Read more & comment.
- Tue 24th Apr 2012,
A man crossing the Upper Tooting Road (A24), near Tooting Bec Underground Station, was hit by a lorry and fatally injured around 11am today. He was pulled beneath the wheels of the lorry and decapitated, so must have died instantly. This accident was witnessed by many local workers and pedestrians. Read more & comment.
- Fri 17th Feb 2012,
Police from the Tooting Safer neighbourhood teams have arrested a 20 year old man from Essex after members of the public using Tooting Leisure Centre reported personal items being stolen from their lockers. On investigating they found that he had been committing such crimes from lockers at leisure centres across the borough and not just Tooting. Read more and comment here. Read more & comment.
- Wed 18th Jan 2012,
A chariot, worth Ł100,000, that belongs to the Sivayogam London Muthumari Amman Kovil hindu temple in Tooting was attacked by four arsonists on 16th November 2011 leaving it very severly burnt and essentially unrecognisable. The chariot had been used for the last 10 years in a Bank Holiday procession which used to make its way down the main roads of Tooting up to Figgs Marsh and back again. Read more & comment.
- Thu 24th Nov 2011,
Local residents and businesses were left without phone lines and internet access for a number of days due to the theft of underground copper cables in the Amen Corner area of Tooting. Read more & comment.
- Tue 15th Mar 2011,