Teens in­jured in stab­bing in West Dray­ton

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON par­ents have pleaded with the coun­cil to re-con­sider ax­ing two chil­dren’s cen­tres at a hear­ing which saw nine pe­ti­tions be­ing put for­ward.

School staff and par­ents gath­ered at the Uxbridge Civic Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 2 evening to ex­press their anger and dis­ap­point­ment af­ter pro­pos­als to close two chil­dren’s cen­tres in Hayes and in North­wood were an­nounced.

Leila Mel­hem, who lives in North­wood and or­gan­ised one of the pe­ti­tions, said in her speech the cen­tres were a “warm, wel­com­ing place”.

She said: “I had a dif­fi­cult de­liv­ery and the chil­dren’s cen­tre helped me get my daugh­ter to feed and from then, I at­tended on a near weekly ba­sis.

“It was a life­line for me. It’s nearby but trav­el­ling to an­other cen­tres isn’t an op­tion, trans­port means some can’t af­ford to get there and C-sec­tion moth­ers can’t drive for six weeks.

“Res­i­dents feel be­trayed about the cuts.” PO­LICE sealed off roads in West Dray­ton af­ter two teens were stabbed at the week­end.

On Stau­r­day Fe­bru­ary 4 a 13-year-old and 19-year-old were taken to hospi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent at Dray­ton Gar­den Vil­lage hous­ing de­vel­op­ment, off Porters Way, and near Sum­mer Drive, at around 11pm.

The area was still a crime scene on Sun­day (Fe­bru­ary 5) af­ter­noon, with roads taped off and an in­creased po­lice pres­ence. Po­lice say they were called to Sum­mer Drive by the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at 11.05pm and that the teens had suf­fered stab wounds. They were taken to a Lon­don hospi­tal, with their in­juries not thought to be life threat­en­ing.

No ar­rests have been made. One per­son

Leila also raised the is­sue of Hilling­don Coun­cil choos­ing to freeze a coun­cil tax hike, but promis­ing ser­vices cuts won’t go ahead.

At least 780 peo­ple signed her on­line pe­ti­tion to keep Hill­side Chil­dren’s de­scribed see­ing a pool of blood on the road af­ter the in­ci­dent, and Cen­tre open, which has 13 nurs­eries and four schools linked to the cen­tre.

Each of the nine pe­ti­tions were heard, which raised the points of a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in the bor­ough and anger said there was a sense of dis­be­lief in the area.

They said: “We’re just that con­sul­ta­tions were not “trans­par­ent” enough for peo­ple to op­pose the plans prop­erly.

As­sis­tant head­teacher of Charville Pri­mary School Sam Gem­mill said: “I’ve been sup­port­ing work of all in com­plete shock. noth­ing like this oc­curs here. There’s a high chil­dren’s cen­tre for seven years.

“I think its ap­par­ent that your res­i­dents are not happy and it’s some­thing we would urge you to con­sider. We at Charville don’t feel like it’s been a con­sul­ta­tion, but is po­lice pres­ence, ev­ery­where is taped off and cor­doned off.”

SCENE: A sealed off road the day af­ter the stab­bing in West Dray­ton on the night of Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 4

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