Ilford, United Kingdom
VIJAY SHAH via SOPHIE COX and IMOGEN BRADDICK/Ilford Recorder
The knife crime wave afflicting Greater London has claimed yet another victim after a teenager was stabbed to death outside a block of flats in the Clayhall district of the town of Ilford, just outside east London, local newspaper the Ilford Recorder reported this morning.
Police were called to Owen Waters House, an apartment complex in Fullwell Avenue at 10:00 pm (GMT) yesterday (19 November) after residents reported a fight breaking out in the flats’ grounds. A youth aged nineteen years was found injured with stab wounds but tragically passed from his injuries despite the best efforts of emergency services at the scene.
At about the same time a fire broke out at a set of garages near to Owen Waters House, causing at least one vehicle to explode very close to people’s homes. Police are establishing if the stabbing and the arson attack are related. An inquiry has been opened and police are seeking to contact the victim’s next of kin and make arrests.
A local resident told the Ilford Recorder: “It’s quite worrying. You are a bit oblivious to it. You think it won’t happen to you. It’s really, really sad.
“It’s such a shame that people’s lives are taken for granted. Someone getting murdered doesn’t happen around here. It’s shocked the community.”
Another resident said: “It doesn’t happen around here. You don’t even see police down here. All we have is burglaries.”
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact local police on 101 and quote crime reference CAD 9907/19 Nov in their call.
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“Teenager stabbed to death in Clayhall” – Sophie Cox & Imogen Braddick, Ilford Recorder/Archant Community Media Ltd (20 November 2019) https://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/crime-court/fullwell-avenue-fatal-stabbing-1-6384278