Police are looking for racists who daubed fascist imagery and antisemitic imagery on a Charlton takeaway and a bank in Blackheath overnight.
A swastika and a Celtic cross were scrawled on the takeaway at the western end of Bramshot Avenue, while similar graffiti was daubed on the Barclays branch at Blackheath Standard. Greenwich Council workers have painted over the bank graffiti and are working on the takeaway which was attacked.
Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matt Pennycook said he was “sickened” by the attack. “These crimes are a stark reminder of the rise in white supremacism and Jew hatred in our country and, when it comes to the latter, of the need to never be complacent about the unique and constantly mutating form of prejudice that is antisemitism,” he tweeted.
Danny Thorpe, the leader of Greenwich Council, said he was “disgusted and appalled” by the attack, a day before Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated.
Police have asked anyone with information to call 101 quoting CAD 340/26JAN20. If you see any other graffiti in the area, call the council on 020 8854 8888.
Greenwich Council will mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a service at Woolwich Town Hall at 10.30am tomorrow. For more details, visit the council’s website.
Trains (including Thameslink trains) will be running via Blackheath and Bexleyheath instead. Two replacement buses an hour are running from Lewisham to Plumstead, with a similarly infrequent train service between Plumstead and Dartford.
A normal service will run on the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway.
Maddeningly, the rail closure had coincided with a London derby at The Valley – but Charlton Athletic’s match with Fulham, which had been scheduled for Saturday, was brought forward to tonight after the Cottagers won their third-round FA Cup tie earlier this month.
We’ll be screening All The President’s Men, the acclaimed film about the exposure of the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon in 1974. Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, it’s a tale that resonates 44 years after the film’s initial release – particularly with recent events in Washington.
With politicians’ growing intolerance of media scrutiny – globally, nationally and locally – and as a website that tries to keep you up to date with what our elected representatives are up to, it seems like a good time to show the story of how Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward exposed wrongdoing at the White House. It’s also good to meet our readers!
Admission is free – although as we have to cover some costs, we will be passing around a bucket for donations to help cover them. Any excess will be used to help the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival put on its fifth event this September.
The Charlton Champion was originally going to screen the film as part of last year’s festival, but venue changes meant we couldn’t do it. So we decided to do it now instead, to get us all out on a bleak January night.
We start at 7.30pm on Thursday 30 January, in the Grand Salon at Charlton House, Charlton Road, London SE7 8RE. Doors open at 7pm. We hope to see you then.