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.


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.”

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