Jailed in July: SE London criminals put behind bars

July saw criminals jailed for an array of offences in south east London, ranging from outraging public decency to possession of a firearm. 

A court heard how Lee thug Vicente Forde wielded a shotgun on member of the public’s doorstep while posing as an Amazon delivery driver.

Elsewhere, Beckenham drug dealer Jack Tahir, 20, was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment after police cracked into encrypted devices, discovering his multi-million-pound empire.

Steven Lumb

Steven Lumb

Steven Lumb, 54, of no fixed abode, was seen masturbating at a bus stop in Eltham in February 2020.

The incident more than a year to reach court due to delays caused by the pandemic.

A witness took a photo and sent it through to Eltham South police, who were able to identify Lumb, who was arrested and charged a few days later.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, having been found guilty of outraging public decency.

Jack Tahir

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Jack Tahir, 20, was linked to drug dealing after police analysed phone cell data and messages sent on the infamous Enchrochat platform.

In another message, sent on Whatsapp, he joked about the public holding a ‘clap for dealers’ at the height of the pandemic.

During a raid of his Beckenham home, two Rolex watches, valued at £31,450 and £11,850 respectively, were found in his bedroom.

He was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to a string of offences.

Hien Ly

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Former Greenwich bank employee Hien Ly, 40, fraudulently stole more than £74,000 from members of her own family.

Ly would take large sums of money off the victims and state she was putting it into “investments’’ and to purchase properties.

Once the victims were trapped into a deal with Ly, she would then continue to request further funds from them, stating that costs had changed, more money was needed, or the property or investments would be lost if more money was not forthcoming from the victims.

The victims lost a combined total of £74,620.97 in the series of frauds.

She was sentenced to 28 months’ imprisonment after being reported via Action Fraud.

Vicente Forde

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Shocking video doorbell footage captured Vicente Forde, 32, of Lee, posing as an Amazon delivery driver while wielding a shotgun.

The victim managed to prise the firearm from him and threw it under a nearby car.

Members of the public, including some builders working nearby, came to the victim’s aid and restrained Forde.

Forde was sentenced to six years and nine months in custody after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Paul Appleford and Abid Rafiq 

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Abid Rafiq, 38, and Paul Appleford, 35, subjected a 19-year-old to a “prolonged ordeal”, stealing his mobile phone on Northfleet High Street.

After police were notified that someone online had agreed to sell the phone to one of the victim’s relatives, a detective from visited the address where the purchase was supposed to take place.

As Appleford met who he thought was the buyer, he was arrested.

A review of CCTV and enquiries by investigators into Appleford’s regular contacts lead to the arrest of Rafiq later the same day.

Rafiq, was sentenced to five years and seven months in prison, while Appleford received a six year sentence.

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