Eight east London men found guilty of violent disorder following “rival estates” attack

Eight east London men have been found guilty of violent disorder after an attack on an 18-year-old as part of a conflict between two rival estates.

Tower Hamlets police said the victim was chased by at least nine people while walking through the Will Crooks Estate in Poplar on July 10 last year. The police said he was attacked by the gang, some of whom were armed with chains, wooden sticks and poles.

Wadud Ahmed, 29, Situ Miah, 20 and Siddique Ahmed, 19, all of Balmore Close, Poplar and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and of violent disorder at Snaresbrook Crown Court on June 17.

Mohammed Boshor Ahmed, 21, of Balmore Close; Nuruddin Khan, 18, of Blair Street, Poplar; and Joynal Hussain, 18 and Shah Ahmed, 18, both of Oban Street, Poplar, were all found guilty of violent disorder. They were found not guilty of wounding with intent.

Ali Ahmed, 22, of Balmore Close, was found not guilty on both counts.

The verdicts followed a seven-week trial at the court, and all defendants pled not guilty to both charges. They are due to be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on July 15.

A statement from Tower Hamlets police said the victim suffered a broken nose, heavy bruising to his face and several lacerations to the head as a result of the attack.

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Det Sgt Andrew Gattase, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: “This assault was one of retribution following a culmination of violence and hostility between rival estates, the Will Crooks and Aberfeldy estates, in Poplar.

“On July 17, there was a serious outbreak of violence, and what can only be described as a violent, callous attack on a youth, a local resident within the Will Crooks Estate.”