News Shopper on the Supercuts debate

The News Shopper has run a report about the Supercuts licensing enquiry that follows long-running complaints about associated criminal and anti-social behaviour, most recently during a street party to coincide with the Royal Wedding:


Concerned people called police 35 times to report revellers allegedly dealing drugs, urinating in the street, and guzzling alcohol from the convenience store.

Others reported seeing a gun and shots being fired into the crowd up to eight times, sending people fleeing the party - some of which was captured on CCTV.

One caller reported gangs fighting and bricks being thrown.

Though the shop denies responsibility, Lewisham’s Licensing Sergeant Tracy Sharpe claims cabling was seen coming from Super Cuts to power the soundsystem and it fuelled the chaos by providing alcohol.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found a large bag of skunk weed on the ground right in front of there. Guess what time that was? 3:30 just after picking up the kids from school.
Glad I found it and not some kid. It was pretty good.

Headhunter said...

Love that the manager just washed his hands of the whole thing. "It's a public area, there's nothing we can do"... It's also very illuminating that apparently this has been going on for 10 years... 10 years and still the police and council have done nothing effective. Good grief.

mormon fundamentalist said...

I'm looking forward to reading Lou's considered opinion on this

me? I think it's all a part of a big society that finds infidels wallowing in their own ordure - the sooner birthdays are banned the better

Anonymous said...

There must be a load of guys who like slush puppy, thats all i can say.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Where do I live?!

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Where do I live?!

Anonymous said...

Can't blame the Police. Lewisham Station is already full of celebrities and politicians. When would they find the time to chase street parties?

Anonymous said...

Which road is Supercuts on?

Anonymous said...

Upper Brockley Road,down by the memorial.

Anonymous said...

That corner of Upper Brockley Road and Lewisham Way has been known for drug dealing for decades.

I daresay there might have been a little professional rivalry and various antagonisms aired during the course of the evening.

The site, is close to hostels that provide a home for people struggling with addictive dependencies of various sorts.

The area is a gathering place and sometimes order breaks down as it seems to have done in this case.

I guess the property must be cheaper in that part of Brockley.

Anonymous said...

What's the harm with the drug dealers? They'll just end up somewhere else...

Anonymous said...

Why are people always condemning drugs on this forum? Used recreationally they're not nearly the evil they're cracked up to be in the reactionary press. I'd rather someone was selling drugs there than overpriced organic muffins, what's good or honest about that?

Anonymous said...

The problem with the drug dealers seems to be that they break the law constantly and yet nothing is ever done, so the area then attracts street drinking, becomes a known hangout, then we get Quad bike races up and down the street, fly tipping, street parties that shake the house's foundations and gun battles!
It's funny that the area has quietened down in the run up to this case (to give the impression that the problem has gone away?) The dealers are guaranteed to return triumphant and even noisier when nothing gets done about it....again.

L said...

Everytime this gets mentioned, I momentarily think it's about the hair salon in Lewisham Shopping Centre and feel confused!

mondayme said...

@Anon2059

"I'd rather someone was selling drugs there than overpriced muffins". Really? Poor joke or just unbelievably stupid?

A lot of drug use might be ultimately harmless, but when you consider how the proceeds of drug sales are spent and the means by which dealers maintain control of their share of the market, perhaps it would be preferable if someone were selling baked goods on a Brockley street.

I don't think I've ever seen an organic muffin in Brockley

Anonymous said...

I think we need to distinguish between the educated, discerning, deliberate and careful drug users who are mature enough to assess the risks.
Compared with chaotic drug users who overindulge, destroy their health and turn to crime and violence.

We have both types in Brockley. But it is the latter that tends to damage the community.

It is not unreasonable for people to worry about gun battles in the street.

DJ said...

Organic muffin anonymous - hearty congratulations on your 'Moronic Comment of the Week' award. Such stiff competition too!

TM said...

I seem to recall our Mayor making a commitment to stop this anti-social behaviour going on here.

Has he been challenged on his lack of success?

Anonymous said...

DJ - to call the comment "moronic" is to imply that there aren't a proliferation of shops in the area selling overpriced, organic muffins.

Let's beat this menace one and for all. Supercuts were only trying to sell decent, honest fare - and what CAN they do about what members of the public choose to do outside their shop? Chase them off with a broom?

THNick said...

" the educated, discerning, deliberate and careful drug users who are mature enough to assess the risks" and to ignore the damage their hobby does both in UK and overseas.

Anonymous said...

Well said THNick

DJ said...

Moronic again, Anonymous! Two out of two - well done.

soda pop said...

...and what CAN they do about what members of the public choose to do outside their shop? Chase them off with a broom?

Oh I don’t know, call the police to report drug use, complain to the council, refuse to serve the people causing the problem. You know, the sort of stuff that any decent, honest shop keeper would do to protect the reputation and longevity of his business.

Anonymous said...

I would have thought some of the other businesses along there would complain.

I used to frequent Cinnamon quite a bit but have now stopped using them because of the awful atmosphere along the road.

Anonymous said...

Funny how most of this intimidating behaviour most likely stems from alcohol 'abuse' but all these people involved are 'drug dealers'. The shop is 'drug dealing' to these people with nothing better to do; who's lives obviously lack some feature if it's all they can think of doing.

The key problem with this trend is that people hate it when it happens - on their corner. The only thing looked at when removing this is shifting it somewhere else. And the cycle continues. This needs to be looked at from the roots; sadly it probably won't be.

Anonymous said...

I suspect the real issue here is that a few Conservation Area residents, fresh from noting down the numbers of houses with the temerity to have a Sky dish installed, took serious exception to having spotted a few black people on the pavement.

If the street party had involved bunting and locally sourced honey then I dare say this wouldn't have gotten to the complaint stage and certainly not the news.

Anonymous said...

the 'few' people on the pavement numbered more than 600-prat

NAT said...

@non 22.20. I suggest that the real issue here is that you don't live in a road where shots are regularly fired, and that you need to reflect on that.

The brocsoc to whom I think the rest of your post refers, have been deafening in their silence, albeit, that an out of control street in the conservation area does not form part of their remit.

spincat said...

Where are the shops selling these overpriced organic muffins? I don't think we have any down here in Crofton Park.

Anonymous said...

Loads around Brockley station. Most shops in the Crofton Park area sell more honest fare.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, just give it a rest with this tedious 'honest fare' bollocks.
You are very, very dull.

Anonymous said...

Spot the person who prefers dishonest fare! ^^

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DJ said...

Hahaha - I second that!

muffin the mule said...

We have a muffin deficit in ladywell, as far as I know, I have not searched for them - saw some muffin tops the other day though - honest

DJ said...

Anonymous has muffins for brains. Probably not enough to share though.

Anonymous said...

The remarks about honest fare, mung beans, dogging and so on are, I suspect, the work of the resident troll who has a peurile sense of the absurd.

I guess there are far worse trolls out there looking to provoke. I just wish this one would find some new material.

Mungdogwindersupport said...

Perhaps new material will spring forth when the old stuff stops working. 'till then........

A critic said...

Piss-taking is fine - just try and be a bit more original and funny with it.
I'm not expecting Seinfeld but this is My Family level.

Anonymous said...

My Family? Steady on...!

A critic said...

Yep. Maybe even 2 Pints of Lager...
That bad. Really, painfully, shit.

Do you find Stephen K Amos funny? Do colleagues avoid you at the water cooler after your fifth 'You don't have to be mad to work here... but I am!" of the day.

Then you probably make mung and honest fare comments here on Brockley Central.

Anonymous said...

Fol-de-Rol

pip said...

To be fare, the dogging stuff is sometimes amusing. Foul (ahem!) but amusing.

The "mung" stuff is dreadful. There was ONE funny mung joke, once. Something to do with M&S, if I recall correctly. But that was IT. The "honest fare" stuff is going the same way. Flogging a stinky, decomposing equine corpse.

pip said...

oops - "fair".

A critic said...

"Fol-de-Rol" Yes! Exactly the kind of humourless twat who uses phrases like that! Spot on.
Wacky ties, "PC gone mad" that sort. Wankers.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Calm down Critic if you bite you will only encourage them.


To return to the story is there a timeframe on the review bearing in mind comments had to be in three weeks ago?

Anonymous said...

I believe the decision meeting is tonight, the 13th,Spooky eh.

Anonymous said...

Lets hope the decision is honest, and fair.

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