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Man guilty of attempted murder, Hackney

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A man who violently attacked a lone woman on her way home from a night out after following her off the bus has been convicted.

Sabire Sharife, 31 (05.12.85) of no fixed abode but from the Hackney area of was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 11 October of the following offences:

- attempted murder;
- sexual assault;
- possession of pointed or bladed article.

He will be sentenced at a later date to be confirmed.

At around 03:30hrs on 9 April, the victim - a woman in her 20s - was walking along Well Street, Hackney when Sharife started following her.

The victim boarded a bus followed by Sharife who sat near her on the upper deck. As she got off the bus, Sharife continued to follow her. As she walked on Rectory Road he attacked her.

Sharife pulled her to the floor after a brief struggle and produced a knife which he used to inflict a deep wound to her face. He then sexually assaulted her.

The victim sustained injuries to her hands as she tried to fight off Sharife.

Following the attack, Sharife fled the scene and left the victim bleeding heavily on the pavement.

A passing driver stopped to assist and an ambulance was called.

Police were informed and enquiries led officers to a nearby hostel where Sharife was staying - CCTV and analysis of Oyster card records confirmed his journey prior to the attack.

He was arrested later on 9 April, and subsequently charged.

DC Rachel Lloyd of the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences (CASO) Command said: "Sabire Sharife actively sought out, targeted and preyed on a lone female late at night.

"The strength of evidence against Sharife was overwhelming, and that is why a jury have convicted him of the offences he committed and the impact they have had on the victim's life.

"I would like thank the victim and acknowledge her determination and courage. Throughout the investigation she has been extremely brave and was determined to attend court.

"There may well be other victims of Sharife's that have not reported the crime to police. We would urge them to come forward and speak to officers who will offer specialist support and thoroughly investigate the offence."

Detective Inspector Neil Rawlinson of CASO added: "This was an extremely violent attack on a vulnerable female on her way home and she was lucky to get away with her life.

"Sharife is a dangerous individual from whom the public need protection.

"Thanks to the joint working of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences team and the local uniform and CID officers, the streets of London are now safer."

Body Worn Video launched in Hackney

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Officers from Hackney will take to the streets this week wearing Body Worn Video (BWV), following the borough’s official launch.

Tuesday, 18 April sees Body Worn Video being issued to around 500 of Hackney’s frontline police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Additional cameras will also be available for specialist departments.

The cameras have already shown they can help bring speedier justice for victims. They have proved particularly successful in domestic abuse cases where there has been an increase in earlier guilty pleas from offenders who know their actions have been recorded.

BWV will offer greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as behind it. Londoners can feel reassured during their interactions with the police, whilst BWV will also help officers gather evidence and demonstrate their professionalism in the face of the many challenges involved in policing the Capital.

All footage recorded on BWV is subject to legal safeguards and guidance. The footage from the camera is automatically uploaded to secure servers once the device has been docked and flagged for use as evidence at court or other proceedings. Video not retained as evidence or for a policing purpose is automatically deleted within 31 days.

If the public wish to view footage taken of them they can request, in writing, to obtain it under freedom of information and data protection laws. The request must be within 31 days of the incident unless it has been marked as police evidence and therefore retained.

The cameras are worn attached to the officer's uniform and do not permanently record. This ensures interactions with the public are not unnecessarily impeded. Members of the public are told as soon as practical that they are being recorded. When the camera is recording, it is highly visible with a flashing red circle in the centre of the camera and a frequent beeping noise when it's activated.

Detective Inspector Lee McCullough, Hackney’s Body Worn Camera lead, said: “Body Worn Video is an important addition to the equipment we provide to our frontline officers. It can be difficult to articulate what officers have witnessed, however with both an audio and visual capability, the cameras deliver much needed context in our presentation of evidence and provide further reassurance to the community.

“I see the issuing of the cameras as an important tool to combat crime and one which will support both officers and the public.”

Over the coming months cameras will be issued to all 32 London boroughs and a number of frontline specialist roles, including overt firearms officers. The deployment of all 22,000 cameras will be managed in a phased approach and is anticipated to be complete by the summer.