December 8 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Violent crime on Ilford’s streets is running out of control, according to residents who have spoken out after a shopper was stabbed in the town centre.
In a stream of comments on the Recorder website, one reader said Ilford town centre is “getting worse day by day”.
Rezz Ali wrote: “I have lived here for over 22 years. It has definitely got worse. But I think it’s all these hooligans from outside Ilford that come here and create trouble.”
Junaid Habib felt the same, adding: “It is not the same Ilford we use to live in. It’s not safe any more.”
Several people called on authorities and police to do more to make the town centre secure, with one adding: “‘You want to commit crime – come to Ilford’ should be the new town logo.”
The Recorder has been flooded with comments from people saying they no longer feel safe after the attack which left the pavement stained with blood.
The man, in his 20s, had been shopping with a friend when he was stabbed in front of horrified passers-by outside Ilford station, Cranbrook Road.
He is expected to make a full recovery from the wounds to his chest and arm.
Police are still hunting the culprits as they continue to appeal for witnesses.
Redbridge borough commander Det Ch Supt Sue Williams said this week: “We will take whatever action we can to bring these people to justice.
“We don’t know why the attackers were as brazen as they were. They were clearly after this individual but we don’t know what the cause is.”
In a poll on this website, the majority, 56 per cent, said they no longer feel safe from crime in Redbridge and a further 28pc said they have never felt safe in the borough.
One resident said: “I’ve lived in Ilford for 50 years. I used to feel safe walking around the town centre after dark.
“Now it’s too scary, I drive everywhere.”
Thursday’s stabbing follows a string of increasingly public attacks by criminals, who seemingly have no fear of being caught.
A man was stabbed in High Road, Ilford, in front of dozens of people in September. Three daylight shootings in less than a week in July saw four men gunned down in Ilford and Goodmayes.
Campaigner and Seven Kings resident Danny O’Brien, who founded Anti-Knife UK, said some criminals seek out violence in places as public as possible for notoriety and “respect” among their peers.
He added: “The more people who see it, the more street cred they get.”
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There are still traffic jams for miles on the westbound carriageway of the A406 from South Woodford after a teenager was stabbed to death.