Editorial comment: Answers are needed over absconscion

Sanchez Edwards. Picture: METROPOLITAN POLICE

Sanchez Edwards. Picture: METROPOLITAN POLICE - Credit: Archant

The video footage of a 92-year-old woman being dragged along the pavement as a man rips her handbag off her arm is truly horrifying.

CCTV footage showed a grainy image of a man believed to be the attacker. Days later, police updated their appeal to say they were looking for a “dangerous” man in connection with the attack.

That person, Sanchez Edwards, was known to the authorities having been a patient at the John Howard Centre who absconded two months ago while on unescorted leave.

Police have told us this week he was rated as a “medium risk missing person”. They tweeted his picture on June 2, but sent out no official appeal to trace him. That is strange. The Met regularly issues call outs for missing people, particularly when they have disappeared from a medium secure unit. Obviously there’s a police investigation going on, but questions have to be answered about how his absconscion was handled regardless of what happens next.

Elsewhere, the end could be nigh for Brenda Puech’s “people’s parking bay” in London Fields, but her efforts have raised a smile across the borough.

The pictures of families sitting and enjoying the sun in the garden she created from a parking space perhaps show how people in Hackney feel about the number of cars on the road.

The story has gained widespread attention too, which can only be helping raise awareness of her Hackney Living Streets campaign.

Her protest would not have been as welcomed in previous news patches I have worked in, that’s for sure.

Creativity is what Hackney is all about, and so it’s great news Dalston’s Arcola Theatre has been given much-needed funds to carry on its good work.