Police used phone app to trace yellow Mini reported stolen from Tolworth

Surrey Comet: Police used phone app to trace yellow Mini reported stolen from Tolworth Police used phone app to trace yellow Mini reported stolen from Tolworth

Police used a phone app to trace a Mini that had allegedly been stolen in Tolworth.

A 23-year-old woman called police, just after 5pm on Saturday night, to say her car and mobile phone had been stolen in Broad Oaks, Tolworth.

Officers were able to use a tracking app on her phone to trace the yellow Mini, discovered parked in Verona Drive about a mile away.

A 21-year-old man was carried from a flat in Verona Drive by officers with Tasers.

Although the Met helicopter’s Twitter account described it as an alleged car-jacking, the suspect was arrested on suspicion of theft and taking and driving away, but with no suggestion of violence involved.

He was taken into custody and released on police bail until August.

But witnesses said they were unhappy with how police dealt with the situation.

A 17-year-old bystander was arrested on suspicion of affray for allegedly threating to harm a police dog and its handler.

He was later also bailed until August while police investigate.

One resident said police entered his flat believing he was hiding the suspect, and threatened to arrest him if he did not co-operate.

He said: “I asked what was going on and one of them told me to shut up or I’d be nicked.”

Another woman said: “There were about five or six police officers who carried the boy [the 21-year-old] out of the block of flats.

“They had him face down, hands behind his back and then some of the mums came out telling police they shouldn’t handle him like that.”

One woman said: “My daughter saw it, and now she’s scared of the police, and she shouldn’t be scared of the police.”

Witnesses should call Kingston police on 101.

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9:33am Wed 9 Jul 14

mjk1975 says...

Those residents who commented about how upsetting it was to see how police handled the male. Were they (the residents) inside the flat at the time of the arrest? Did the male use violence towards police as he was being arrested? Were members of the public aware of any intelligence on the male whether he is known to police to be violent and uses weapons? Suggest facts should be heard first before those who live nearby criticise the police actions. Good job all round.
Those residents who commented about how upsetting it was to see how police handled the male. Were they (the residents) inside the flat at the time of the arrest? Did the male use violence towards police as he was being arrested? Were members of the public aware of any intelligence on the male whether he is known to police to be violent and uses weapons? Suggest facts should be heard first before those who live nearby criticise the police actions. Good job all round. mjk1975
  • Score: 15

10:38am Wed 9 Jul 14

pinboy says...

Excellent job, maybe the complaining residents should just tell thier kids that they only need to be scared of the police if they have done something wrong. Or maybe that's thje problem?
Excellent job, maybe the complaining residents should just tell thier kids that they only need to be scared of the police if they have done something wrong. Or maybe that's thje problem? pinboy
  • Score: 16

12:58pm Wed 9 Jul 14

elyobelyob says...

So, the local residents came out to hurl abuse at the police, one arrested for affray, whilst they carried out their job (arresting someone of a pretty serious crime). The local residents then blame the police, presumably claiming that they used unnecessary force and resource.
Sounds like they had exactly the right resource in place.
So, the local residents came out to hurl abuse at the police, one arrested for affray, whilst they carried out their job (arresting someone of a pretty serious crime). The local residents then blame the police, presumably claiming that they used unnecessary force and resource. Sounds like they had exactly the right resource in place. elyobelyob
  • Score: 10

1:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

kingstonpaul says...

This kind of tribalism is very common in council estates. Which is why a minority of the populous take up a disproportionately large amount of police time.
This kind of tribalism is very common in council estates. Which is why a minority of the populous take up a disproportionately large amount of police time. kingstonpaul
  • Score: -1

9:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

If your innocent you dont have a problem, co operate with police and things get done/sorted out. Police are not mind readers they are only human and doing there job.!!
If your innocent you dont have a problem, co operate with police and things get done/sorted out. Police are not mind readers they are only human and doing there job.!! bosco1
  • Score: 4

6:09pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Mrsj18 says...

As a resident I fully support the way the young male was treated. Standing by my property hurling abuse at police officers is not acceptable. He failed to cooperate and therefore deserved the treatment he got. The police did an excellent job and did what was necessary. Too long have these unlawful people been allowed to get away with unacceptable behaviour and treatment of other peoples property. I am for one fed up of having to witness anti social behaviour from them as often as I do. It's about time something was done. I fully support the police and the actions they took. As one person said above if you have down nothing wrong you have no reason to be scared of the police. Funnily enough the police were at the same property this morning...just another day in Verona Drive. Maybe the Teachers Housing Association will do something about these people now although I doubt it.
As a resident I fully support the way the young male was treated. Standing by my property hurling abuse at police officers is not acceptable. He failed to cooperate and therefore deserved the treatment he got. The police did an excellent job and did what was necessary. Too long have these unlawful people been allowed to get away with unacceptable behaviour and treatment of other peoples property. I am for one fed up of having to witness anti social behaviour from them as often as I do. It's about time something was done. I fully support the police and the actions they took. As one person said above if you have down nothing wrong you have no reason to be scared of the police. Funnily enough the police were at the same property this morning...just another day in Verona Drive. Maybe the Teachers Housing Association will do something about these people now although I doubt it. Mrsj18
  • Score: 5

7:19pm Sat 12 Jul 14

resi72 says...

mjk1975 wrote:
Those residents who commented about how upsetting it was to see how police handled the male. Were they (the residents) inside the flat at the time of the arrest? Did the male use violence towards police as he was being arrested? Were members of the public aware of any intelligence on the male whether he is known to police to be violent and uses weapons? Suggest facts should be heard first before those who live nearby criticise the police actions. Good job all round.
i am a resident on the estate and the guy walked out to the police and didn't fight when they arrested him and he isn't violent in any way shape or form and wasn't carrying any weapons it was the other youth that was a problem to the police and he doesn't live on the estate he was mouthy and the police dealt with the 17 yr old how they should and other comments posted on here as you are a resident you should know that it isn't the people who live on the estate that cause a problem it's youths that visit that cause the problem
[quote][p][bold]mjk1975[/bold] wrote: Those residents who commented about how upsetting it was to see how police handled the male. Were they (the residents) inside the flat at the time of the arrest? Did the male use violence towards police as he was being arrested? Were members of the public aware of any intelligence on the male whether he is known to police to be violent and uses weapons? Suggest facts should be heard first before those who live nearby criticise the police actions. Good job all round.[/p][/quote]i am a resident on the estate and the guy walked out to the police and didn't fight when they arrested him and he isn't violent in any way shape or form and wasn't carrying any weapons it was the other youth that was a problem to the police and he doesn't live on the estate he was mouthy and the police dealt with the 17 yr old how they should and other comments posted on here as you are a resident you should know that it isn't the people who live on the estate that cause a problem it's youths that visit that cause the problem resi72
  • Score: -1
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