Search

Romford stabbing: Sister of bouncer Ricky Hayden killed last year felt ‘sick’ hearing about latest death

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 May 2017

Police cordoned off parts of the shopping centre yesterday.

Police cordoned off parts of the shopping centre yesterday.

Archant

The sister of a bouncer who was stabbed to death said she had flashbacks, after a 20-year-old was killed at The Brewery on Thursday.

Friends and family remember Romford bouncer Ricky Hayden, who was stabbed to death outside his Chadwell Heath home Picture: Melissa Page Friends and family remember Romford bouncer Ricky Hayden, who was stabbed to death outside his Chadwell Heath home Picture: Melissa Page

April Hayden, 24, of Collier Row, was devastated by the death of her brother Ricky, who was attacked outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath, in September last year.

When she heard the news that a man had died after being knifed in the shopping centre’s car park, memories of the tragedy that changed her family’s life forever came flooding back.

“I saw a status on Facebook saying that someone had been stabbed at The Brewery and it made me feel literally sick”, she said.

“I couldn’t eat for the rest of the day, it’s disgusting.

“I saw it and got flashbacks from when Ricky was in a coma in hospital after what happened to him.

“The pain doesn’t go away, you can distract yourself for a while but you go to sleep with it and hope it’ll go away when you wake up but it’s still there.”

Police were called to the stabbing at Waterloo Road, Romford, at 4.35pm, and put the shopping centre under lockdown.

The victim was rushed to an east London hospital, but sadly died within an hour.

April – who wants to help set up a charity to tackle knife crime after the trial relating to her brother’s death next month – says she thinks police should carry out more stop and searches.

“Children are carrying knives like they’re mobile phones – it’s become normal for them.

“Whether it’s the cinema, a shopping centre or anywhere where there’s loads of people, police need to stop and search because it’s getting ridiculous, too many people are dying for no reason.

“When we all go to our nan’s for dinner, it feels like there’s this big empty space that we’re never going to fill, Ricky was such a funny character.

“If people are thinking about carrying I knife, I’d want them to think about what they’re doing to that person’s family, because they are ruining lives.”

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 16:32

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was left critically injured following an altercation at a Hornchurch bar.

Yesterday, 15:00

If you’re planning to visit loved ones over the Christmas period, you might want to think twice about using public transport.

Yesterday, 12:00

Trump will soon turn us into the Jetsons

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Fri, 20:00

With England cricketers Down Under for the Ashes, Prof Ged Martin looks at Havering’s historic links with Australia

Fri, 15:30

The festive season is officially upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a few Christmas songs.

Fri, 15:00

Havering Council is encouraging residents to make use of its safety pop-up shop in the Mercury Mall this month.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now