Collier Row stabbing: Romford MP calls for gang culture to be 'stamped out' on social media
PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 June 2018
Romford's MP Andrew Rosindell is calling for more to be done on gang culture being "propagated" on social media, following the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy.
Jordan Douherty, from Chafford Hundred, was killed after a birthday party at the North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row, 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.
Mr Rosindell said: “My condolences go to the family of the young boy whose life has so tragically been cut short on our streets.
“We must approach this type of crime head on, where ‘low level’ offences are policed proactively to challenge the culture of criminality and antisocial behaviour.
“It is clear that stopping low-level disorder and petty law-breaking helps prevent the invitation to more serious crime.
“Quite frankly, the type of gang culture emanating from inner London, which is propagated by social media must be stamped out. “This is why supporting the police isn’t just about resourcing.
“It’s also about making sure they have the powers to get on with the job.
“This is why I’m so critical of the mayor who promised to drive down the use of stop and search, which has proved to be a complete disaster.
“We cannot throw money at the problem in which no questions were asked and no reforms were required.
“Violent crimes have been increasing under Sadiq Khan.
“Boris Johnson managed these same crimes with the same budget and roughly the same number of officers.
“Whenever the mayor receives bad publicity regarding the rise of violent crime, his standard response is to mention some project or initiative that have so far, failed to reverse the trend.
“The authorities must improve intelligence gathering through monitoring of social media whereby tensions build between known groups, and prioritise stop and search on suspicion of carrying a knife rather than drugs.”
Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder and have been taken to separate east London police stations for questioning.
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.
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