THE PUBLIC has been disturbed by the number of recent instances of violent crime taking place in parts of Newham. Now the Newham Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, has issued the following statement, in which he suggests that the public should remain calm.
“Officers in Newham, with the assistance of the Trident and Area Crime Command are investigating a number of serious incidents that have occurred in recent days. While it may seem that violence in the borough has suddenly increased, it should be understood that these are separate incidents that are not expected to form part of a continuing pattern.
“I am mindful that these events may be of concern to local communities and I am urging any members of the public who may be worried or feel anxious to speak to patrolling officers or contact their local policing team. The incidents, which I have detailed below, are being thoroughly investigated by your local officers with the support of Trident detectives.
“While we are not in a position to confirm that the incidents are gang-related, this does remain a possible line of enquiry. I am urging any witnesses, or anyone with any information to contact police via 101.”
•Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by going to crimestoppers-uk.org.
The five key recent crimes
•Incident One: On Friday, 29th July, police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at 20:15hrs to reports of a man suffering stab wounds outside Maryland Railway Station. The injured man, aged in his 20s, suffered non life-threatening injuries.
•Incident Two: On Friday, 29th July, police were called to Barking Road at 23:22hrs where a 17-year-old boy was found suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to hospital where his injuries are described as non life-threatening.
•Incident Three: On Sunday, 30th July, police were called to reports of a stabbing on Aldersbrook Lane, E12, at around 23:45hrs. A 41-year-old man found at the scene had suffered two stab wounds to the thigh. His injuries were not life-threatening and he has since been discharged from hospital.
•Incident Four: On Monday, 31st July, police were called to reports of a shooting on Freemasons Road, E16 at 02:00hrs. A 26-year-old man was taken to hospital by LAS suffering from shotgun injuries. His condition is not life-threatening.
•Incident Five: On Monday, 31st July, police were called at 22:20hrs to reports of a shooting on Woodman Street, E16. A 25-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. He remains in hospital at this time where his condition is described as serious but stable.