Gang violence in Pimlico - another teenager killed. First London murder of 2013.
By londononline | Monday, January 28, 2013, 13:45
Let's not pretend all is well on the streets of Pimlico. Another teenager has died at the hands of a knife and sword wielding gang. Another mother grieves. Like other parts of London, groups of boys hang out together, boys form gangs, boys are victims of violence. Are the Police only acting in a reactive manner to incidents rather than proactively? What help can be given to the community to end such incidents?
The problem of local gangs is to be discussed at a meeting on Monday 28th January between Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and local councillors. Let's hope they come up with a constructive plan of action. One stabbing is one too many....
On Sunday 27th January, a 16-year old boy, Hani Abou El Kheir was stabbed in the abdomen in Lupus Street near Westmorland Place in Pimlico and the Police were called at 6.50 p.m. The former Pimlico Academy boy, who left the School in 2010, died two hours later in a south London hospital. The brazen gang scattered after the attack and no arrests have been made. Newspapers report that his mother attended the scene as an attempt was made by medics to save him.
Westminster Councillor Nickie Aiken, spokesperson for community protection, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of this teenager and we will offer whatever help we can....Once more we have seen the tragic blight that knife culture has inflicted on the capital."
Pimlicat commented on twitter that it was "horrific. So so sad." sarah86goldie said "Another kid stabbed to death in Pimlico *** is going on in the area?? It's (sic) was never like that when i was growing up !!"
There have been several gang related incidents connected to the Churchill Gardens estate. In 2012 trainee football coach, Oliver Husseini, 17, was stabbed in nearby Gloucester Street.
Traffic diversions were still in place on Monday morning affecting the routes some people use to travel to work.
An incident room has been opened to gather information about the murder in Pimlico. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8345 3715.