Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by KATHER­INE CLEMENTINE kather­ine.clementine@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @KC_Journo

RES­I­DENTS in Hayes have spo­ken of their con­cerns af­ter a vi­o­lent in­ci­dent marked four stab­bings in as many months.

The lat­est in­ci­dent left a man, in his 30s, in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing mul­ti­ple stab wounds in Yead­ing Lane on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 25.

As the Gazette went to press, the man re­mained in hos­pi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

A man ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted mur­der has been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries and no fur­ther ar­rests have been made.

One of a num­ber of sus­pects was al­legedly car­ry­ing a gun when they ar­rived at the scene in a ve­hi­cle.

A nearby res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, said: “This is an aw­ful area.

“It’s the fourth stab­bing in so many months, prac­ti­cally on my doorstep. The only time we see po­lice is when some­thing hap­pens. I hate walk­ing past these shops be­cause of the drinkers and gangs.”

Hayes Town Cen­tre Po­lice tweeted that three knives were re­cov­ered from the streets of Hayes by of­fi­cers on the same day as the lat­est stab- bing, but another res­i­dent claimed “it was only a mat­ter of time” be­fore another stab­bing in­ci­dent in the area.

The res­i­dent said: “I’ve been warn­ing the po­lice of the daily open drug deal­ing go­ing on right at that spot for months.

“They are fully aware of the prob­lems but do noth­ing about it.”

Pre­vi­ously, on Septem­ber 8, an 18-year-old was stabbed twice out­side The Mu­sic Box pub, in Bourne Av­enue.

Au­gust saw two in­ci­dents, one in which two teenagers were stabbed dur­ing a large fight in Ho­bart Lane on Au­gust 22, while a man was stabbed in Sta­tion Road a week later on Au­gust 29.

A 17-year-old girl was hos­pi­talised when a street fight in Uxbridge Road left her suf­fer­ing stab in­juries on July 5.

Hilling­don Po­lice say they are “vig­or­ously pur­su­ing” in­ves­ti­ga­tions into these crimes and have been fo­cus­ing on tack­ling knife crime in the bor­ough.

Chief In­spec­tor Gra­ham Durn, of Hilling­don Po­lice, said: “Hilling­don re­mains one of the safest bor­oughs in Lon­don in which to live and work and as lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers we are work­ing hard to keep it that way.

“Knife crime re­mains a high pri­or­ity for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser- vice and here at Hilling­don we are un­der­tak­ing a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to com­bat knife car­riage.

“There have been some in­ci­dents over the past few months which have in­volved knives and vi­o­lence and we have made ar­rests and are vig­or­ously pur­su­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in or­der to iden­tify and pros­e­cute those in­volved.”

In the week of the Yead­ing Lane in­ci­dent, the bor­ough’s po­lice were en­gaged in Op­er­a­tion Scep­tre - the Met’s re­sponse to knife crime.

Ch Insp Durn added: “We have been vis­i­bly pa­trolling hotspots, un­der­tak­ing weapons sweeps, some with com­mu­nity mem­bers, ar­rest­ing wanted of­fend­ers and en­gag­ing with our young peo­ple.

“We un­der­take these ac­tiv­i­ties as part of our core polic­ing ap­proach and these par­tic­u­lar weeks of ac­tion al­low us to re­ally fo­cus on knife crime and en­sure Hilling­don re­mains a safe place to live and work. Where in­ci­dents do oc­cur we are do­ing our ut­most to re­as­sure com­mu­ni­ties and pre­vent re­cur­rence.”

A row of shops in Yead­ing Lane was cor­doned off af­ter a stab­bing

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