Calls for knife amnesty after one man dies and another is hospitalised in Ilford stabbings
PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 December 2014
A campaigner is calling for an urgent knife amnesty in Ilford after a man was stabbed to death and another injured in separate attacks hours apart.
Danny O’Brien, founder of Redbridge-based Anti-Knife UK, called for action after the stabbings in the early hours of Sunday.
Mr O’Brien said: “We can’t brush it under the carpet. Knife crime does spike now and then.
“If we have an amnesty, every knife that comes in is a knife that’s taken off the streets.”
Detectives launched a murder investigation after a man in his late 50s was fatally stabbed in Richmond Road, Ilford, at 3.30am on Sunday.
A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but has been bailed until February.
Just hours later, in nearby Pittman Gardens, Ilford, a man in his 20s was also stabbed. Police said he remained in a “stable condition”.
The two incidents follow a series of knife attacks. In October, 23-year-old Magdalena Welna was stabbed to death in Valentines Road.
And in November, outreach volunteer Sophia Burley was stabbed in the head and back in Ilford Lane while helping prostitutes.
On Monday, a side road leading to garages behind Sara Apartments in Richmond Road was cordoned off.
Police want to speak to guests at a party in the building on Saturday.
Residents told the Recorder of their shock over the murder.
Richie Swick, who was staying with his parents, said: “It’s unbelievable – I’m glad I moved away.”
Ahmed Hussein, who has lived in the street for nearly 50 years, said: “There are always problems and police down there. There’s no peace.”
And another elderly neighbour said: “It’s been like this for a few years. You just learn to live with it.”
Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868, dial 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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