‘He was loved’


Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@reach­plc.com @qasim­per­acha

PO­LICE have been car­ry­ing out “high vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols” in Hayes to “re­as­sure” peo­ple af­ter a young man was killed by a gun­shot.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Ricky Kan­dohla has spo­ken to getwest­lon­don a week af­ter 22-year-old Hashim Ali Ahmed was shot while sit­ting in a car in cen­tral Hayes.

He is urg­ing res­i­dents who sus­pect they know some­one “clearly look­ing to com­mit crimes” to “reach out” to po­lice.

Hashim was the pas­sen­ger in a black Mercedes car that was parked in Cen­tral Av­enue, just off Uxbridge Road, when he was shot, po­lice have said.

The young man was then driven in the car to­wards Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal when the Mercedes col­lided with cars and pedes­tri­ans in West Dray­ton Road on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 11, just be­fore 3pm.

Supt Kan­dohla, who is in charge of neigh­bour­hoods polic­ing in Hilling­don as well as Eal­ing and Houn­slow, said of­fi­cers have been out on “high vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols, re­as­sur­ing the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties”.

“It works well,” he added. “We have a high uni­formed pres­ence to en­sure lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and busi- nesses are aware that we are there for them.

“These are rare in­ci­dents that we want to pre­vent and stop from hap­pen­ing. A fa­tal shoot­ing is very rare.

“At the mo­ment, there isn’t any­thing in terms of com­mu­nity ten­sions, there is no in­crease in that.

“We have been li­ais­ing with com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing high-vis­i­bil­ity as­sur­ance pa­trols from ded­i­cated ward of­fi­cers and Safer Neigh­bour­hood teams.”

Po­lice be­lieve Hashim was shot at 2.37pm and are keen to speak with any per­son who may have wit­nessed or heard the in­ci­dent to get in touch.

Hashim was on his way to hos­pi­tal when the car he was in crashed. Po­lice ar­rived and called an air am­bu­lance as well as lo­cal paramedics, but they were un­able to save his life.

An ur­gent ap­peal has been made for any­one in the Cen­tral Av­enue area near the junc­tion with Ad­di­son Way be­tween 2.30pm and 2.45pm to get in touch with po­lice.

Supt Kan­dohla added: “We have had a good di­a­logue from the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, whether that be the Asian com­mu­nity or the So­mali com­mu­nity.

“We told them we need to be in­formed of any­thing sus­pi­cious. As it stands, there is an in­ter­est in com­mu­ni­ties, who are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion, whether that’s via the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tors or lo­cal ward of­fi­cers.

“In terms of other in­ves­ti­ga­tions, lo­cal of­fi­cers will mo­bilise to lo­calised is­sues, look at CCTV, wit­ness tes­ti­monies with a view to iden­tify- ing those re­spon­si­ble. They deal with it from the cra­dle to the grave, as it were.

“If you know those in­di­vid­u­als clearly look­ing to com­mit crimes, reach out to us and speak to us.”

Po­lice have not yet made any ar­rests in con­nec­tion with Hashim’s shoot­ing.


Emer­gency ser­vices at the scene in West Dray­ton Road

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