We are continuing with enquiries, said the investigating officer DS Graham Maunder. Over a hundred police personnel and guests converged on the Comedy Café, Rivington Street. including five members of the cast of the Bill, to be entertained by three top acts, Junior Simpson, Jason Wood and Paul Zerdin. Junior led the show with his accounts of previous encounters with Police though not with the City. Jason Wood, the camp singing impressionist and comic, had the audience in stitches when he singled out DC Ray Janes as the object of his desire. The event was organised in honour of DS Ray Bigg, Independent Building Inspections who was involved in a near fatal car crash in October last year.
Following the crash Ray was looked after by benefactors of the charity night. Following the introduction of congestion charging, there has been an increasing number of scooter riders in the City and next month they can all get a free expert safety assessment, advice and coaching on their riding skills. In an attempt to reduce the number of accidents, the Corporation of London’s Road Safety Team and the City of London Police are holding Scooter Safe.
On these days, scooter riders and motorcyclists will take a drive round the City, shadowed by experts from the Police. Corporation of London who will provide advice on their riding technique and offer free tips to make them safer in traffic. Riders will be accompanied into the City streets by advanced motorcyclists who will observe participants’ riding technique. After their street ride (back in the Guildhall Yard) the participants will be given a detailed assessment and debrief.
Further practical advice to improve riding skills will be given and more training offered if required. Riders will go away armed with advanced riding techniques that will make them more skilful, more aware and safer riders. Scooter and motorcycle riders are vulnerable road users and can easily be injured or even killed when involved in an accident. The City of London Police’s Central Detective Unit, on 9 April 2003, raided several addresses in east and north London, crushing a cannabis production ring.
A four bedroom house, in Beckton had been completely converted into a highly sophisticated hydroponic farm for the production of cannabis. Over 1,000 plants were seized. A second house in Tottenham was raided, and again officers found around 1,000 plants being grown in specialist hydroponic tanks. A third house in Bethnal Green yielded a further six hundred plus plants being cultivated.