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Seven jailed after conflict between gangs on Poplar estates

PUBLISHED: 10:41 19 July 2011

Will Crooks Estate, Poplar

Will Crooks Estate, Poplar

Carmen Valino

Seven men have been sent to prison following an attack on a teenager as part of a conflict between two Tower Hamlets estates.

The group, some armed with weapons including a stick, a rolling pin and chains, were involved in chasing their victim, picked at random, through the Will Crooks Estate in Poplar on July 10 last year.

Following a seven-week trial eight men were found guilty of violent disorder. Four of them were also found guilty of wounding with intent.

His Honour Judge Khayat sentenced seven of the group at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, and told them they would serve prison terms.

The eighth defendant, Bodor Ahmed, 17, is due to be sentenced this Friday. He was found guilty of wounding with intent and violent disorder.

Speaking before sentencing the judge said to the group: “Almost all of you had a good side to your character and you had people speaking highly of you. It is not the good side, it is the bad side I am sentencing.”

Wadud Ahmed, 29, of Balmore Close, Poplar, was sentenced to six years for wounding with intent and two years for violent disorder, to run concurrently.

The judge told him: “You, Wadud Ahmed, were the ringleader and organiser of this matter.

“There was an element of pre meditation because clearly people had to go home in order to arm themselves.”

Siddique Ahmed, 19, also of Balmore Close, was sentenced to three and a half years for wounding with intent and two years for violent disorder, to run concurrently.

Situ Miah, 20, of Balmore Close, was sentenced to three years for wounding with intent and two years for violent disorder, to run concurrently.

Boshor Ahmed, 21, of Balmore Close; Nuruddin Khan, 18, of Blair Street, Poplar; and Shah Ahmed and Joynal Hussain, both 18 and of Oban Street, Poplar, were all sentenced to two years each for violent disorder.

Khan, Shah Ahmed and Hussain will serve their sentences in a youth offenders institute.

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