Collier Row stabbing: Residents react to killing of 15-year-old
PUBLISHED: 15:14 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 24 June 2018
Shockwaves have been sent across Collier Row today as residents try to come to terms with the 'disgusting' murder of a 15-year-old boy after a birthday party.
Detective are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward after a “large fight” took place following an event at the North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, on Saturday, June 23 at 9.05pm.
Police and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and were confronted by around 100 young people.
A Met Police spokesman confirmed a 15-year-old boy was found with stab wounds and although he was treated at the scene by paramedics, he was pronounced dead a short while later.
Manager of Turkish restaurant Veyso’s Mahmet Kala said: “There were hundreds of 15-17 year olds running in one direction, they looked panicky.
“The restaurant was almost full so a lot of people started to get a bit worried, wondering if their cars were ok outside and what was going on.
“It’s such a shame because they’re all so young.”
A 51-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I was on the bus when I saw loads of teenagers walking in the road.
“There was a van full of police and everyone had to get off [the bus] at the stop before the community centre.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard.
“I never expected anything like this to happen in Collier Row, it’s far too close to home.”
Kayleigh Simmons, 34, of Clockhouse Lane, said: ‘I didn’t see anything but heard lots of noise and police cars so knew something wasn’t right.
“Why is this a thing nowadays that kids are killing kids?
“It’s just so sad for the family.’
A bus driver aged in his fifties was also treated for a head injury at the scene, but there are no other reports of injuries.
Det Sgt Gurj Singh said: “I would like to directly appeal to those present to contact police about what they saw and heard to help my team build a clearer picture of what took place.
“Equally, if you have video footage or images of the violent aftermath to the party, we need to hear from you.”
Response team inspector Michael O’Donoghue from East Area Command said a large crime scene will remain in place for some time and high visibility patrols will be stepped up in the area.
“Officers have been out in force this evening providing reassurance to those in the community who have no doubt been shocked by this appalling attack on a teenager,” he said.
“We will continue to provide a high visibility presence and officers will be on hand to hear from the local community.
“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.”
Insp O’Donoghue said that lots of young people at the party will be affected by what they saw, and he urges anyone with information about this incident or about regular knife carriers to get in touch anonymously.
If you have information, no matter how small, call the incident room on 02083453775, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111 or online via crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.
You can also tweet police via @MetCC