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Teen taken to hospital following reports of Ilford stabbing

PUBLISHED: 12:29 31 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:07 31 December 2014

Kingston Road, Ilford. Picture: Google Street View

Kingston Road, Ilford. Picture: Google Street View

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Police are appealing for information after they were called to reports of a stabbing in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Officers found a 15-year-old boy with a leg injury after they were alerted to an incident in Kingston Road, Ilford, at about 12am.

London Ambulance Service also attended the scene before the teenager was taken to an east London hospital, where he was later discharged.

The attack comes just two days after a man was fatally stabbed and another man was injured hours later in a separate knife attack, leading to fears knife crime could be on the rise in Ilford.

Danny O’Brien, founder of Redbridge-based campaign group Anti-Knife UK, called for a knife amnesty earlier this week.

He 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.”

Redbridge’s deputy borough commander Mandy Beacher said: “Along with a reduction in overall crime, levels of knife crime in Redbridge have fallen by 17% during the last year.

“Unfortunately there have been a number of incidents during recent months involving the use of weapons.

“I would like to reassure the public that these are all unconnected.”

This week’s incidents involve a man in his late 50s who was fatally stabbed in Richmond Road, Ilford, at 3.30am on Sunday and a man who was stabbed shortly after in Pittman Gardens, Ilford, but remained in a “stable condition” in a separate incident.

Det Supt Beacher said: “Redbridge Police continues to treat knife crime seriously along with all other violent crime. Operation Equinox, the pan London operation to tackle violence, includes activity to reduce knife crime. Tactics such as weapon sweeps and knife arches are successfully used in Redbridge.

“I would like to reassure residents and visitors that Redbridge remains one of the safest London boroughs.“

No arrests have been made for the latest incident in Kingston Road.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Redbridge police by dialling 101 and quoting reference number 4425353/14.

People with information can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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