Peckham altercation: 'Tensions between Britain's black and Asian population isn't new'

A 45-year-old man has been interviewed under caution by police amid a row over a shopkeeper who put his hands around a female customer’s neck in south east London.

Video footage of a woman hitting shop owner Sohail Sindho with a shopping basket as he appeared to choke her provoked anger among locals in Peckham who objected to the way he had reacted.

On Wednesday the Metropolitan Police, who did not identify the man who was questioned, said a 45-year-old had been interviewed under caution.

A 31-year-old woman who was arrested on Tuesday has been released on bail.

Speaking to TalkTV's Julia Hartley-Brewer, social commentator Dr Rakib Ehsan said: "Tensions between Britain’s black and Asian population isn't new. We need more leadership to make communities more cohesive."

"We can't ignore the racial dynamics. There are tensions there. But, the bigger issue here is that there's always been this de facto decriminalisation of low level crime in many urban areas. And shoplifting is definitely involved in that.

"We have to talk about how to successfully integrate racially diverse communities, but also in particular areas, there needs to be stronger law and order to think that model of local neighbourhood policing, especially in areas with a high concentration of streets.

"That needs to be part of the discussion, because I think that all too often, with that sort of lower level crime, many people are getting away with it."

Detective Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, local policing commander for Southwark, said: “I would like to thank local people for their patience as we work to establish the full circumstances around the allegations made.

“We continue to examine various clips of footage that depict small sections of the wider incident and are working to establish what offences were committed and by whom.

“My officers will be patrolling Rye Lane today to provide reassurance to the community, I know that this incident will cause concern and I urge anyone who is worried to speak with their local policing team or with officers on patrol.”

On Tuesday Mr Sindho told ITV reporter Antoine Allen that he had been detaining the woman rather than choking her.

The row at Peckham Hair and Cosmetics on Monday erupted after the woman was denied a refund and tried to take replacement items from the shop.

Witnesses can contact police on 101 quoting the reference CAD 3943/11Sep.

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