Published: Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is shocked and devastated by the awful murder of Sabina Nessa.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Sabina’s family, friends, colleagues, and the pupils she taught at Rushey Green Primary School. We are working closely with the police to bring the perpetrator of this horrific crime to justice.   

We know that residents will be concerned for their safety and that of their loved ones at this terrible time. Over the next few days and weeks, the police and council enforcement officers will be conducting extra high-visibility patrols across Royal Greenwich and Lewisham. 

Denise Scott-McDonald, Deputy Leader of the Council said: “We are appalled by the senseless murder of Sabina, a much-loved teacher who was killed while simply walking home through a park. This brutal and terrible attack reminds us why tackling violence against all women needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda.” 

Our number one priority is to make sure that people who live in and visit the borough are kept safe. This year, we began developing a new women’s public safety plan to improve how we understand and tackle the causes and consequences of violence against women. Some existing council funding has been used to support this work and we are waiting to hear the result of further external grants. 

Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement said: “We want to reassure residents that we are doing everything we can to keep you safe following this horrific crime. Alongside many other projects including our integrated enforcement work with the police and a programme tackling the perpetrators of domestic abuse, we have also made a big investment to upgrade our existing CCTV system over the next few years. Old cameras have been replaced by new digital ones which now offer much clearer pictures, especially at night. This investment will help our staff and the emergency services to identify, respond, and resolve crime more effectively, and ultimately keep you safer.” 

The police are appealing to the public for any information – no matter how seemingly small – to make sure we catch the person who committed this terrible crime.   

Did you see someone loitering or acting suspiciously? Did you see anyone leaving the area in a hurry, perhaps running away? If you have any information, it is vital you tell the police: please call 0208 721 4266, or 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers. 

Have you been affected by violence or abuse? There are resources available. 

Read our Women’s Safety Charter

The Her Centre – women's support centre 

Refuge – for women and children affected by domestic abuse 

NHS victim support Greenwich 

The following links provide useful information from the police on how you can help yourself and other people feel safer when out in public.  

Protecting yourself from crime | Crime prevention | Metropolitan Police 

Tips for making other people feel safer on the streets | Metropolitan Police