December 12 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Monday, October 21, 2013
A string of high-profile stabbings and shootings in Ilford has prompted safety fears, with some residents believing violent crime is getting out of control.
A man in his 20s was stabbed in his chest and arm in a fight outside Ilford train station, Cranbrook Road, on Thursday.
Members of the public saw the violence unfold around 7.45pm and hundreds reacted to the news on social networks.
On Twitter, Naznin Ibrahim wrote: “I can’t believe there’s been yet another stabbing in Ilford, outside the station as well! This area is not at all safer to live in.”
On the Recorder’s website, jojo_os wrote: “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.”
Another man, aged 26, was stabbed near McDonald’s, High Road, in September and two men in their 20s were shot less than four miles apart in quiet residential roads on the same day in July.
A man in his 20s was shot in the chest in Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, at 1.20am on July 27 and later, a 26-year-old was shot in the chest and legs outside his home in Fairfield Road, Ilford.
Days earlier, on July 22, two men aged 21 and 29 were shot in Mortlake Road by a gunman on a motorbike.
The Recorder is investigating whether violent crime is rising in Redbridge and why.
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