Knife attack victim tells of horror gang ambush
PUBLISHED: 20:13 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010
A TEENAGER stabbed with his school pal by a gang in the street has spoken out against knife crime in London’s East End. The pair were ambushed on their way to shops in Whitechapel after playing football in the park by a gang of masked thugs. The 17-year-old was in hospital three days with several stab wounds to his legs and shoulder and had tissue damage to his fingers
By Julia Gregory
A TEENAGER stabbed with his school pal by a gang in the street has this week spoken out against knife crime in London's East End.
The pair were ambushed on their way to shops in Whitechapel's Brady Street after playing football in the park by a gang of masked thugs who pulled up in two cars.
The 17-year-old was in hospital three days with several stab wounds to his legs and shoulder and had tissue damage to his fingers. He also suffered hammer blows to his head and arm.
The youngster returned to his family's home in Bethnal Green this week, still nursing his wounds (pictured). The family have asked not to be identified.
He told the East London Advertiser: "We don't carry knives. We've got no time for it. We just like to play football."
He was knocked to the ground with a hammer and stabbed several times while his 18-year-old brother was also hit with a hammer and injured when he grabbed a knife in the struggle.
The older brother said: "It was an unprovoked attack.
"We were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"I found my brother bleeding from his head and he collapsed.
"He was wearing his football shorts and that's when I realised he had blood gushing out.
"A man passing by gave him his T-shirt and pressed it against the injuries and went to get a towel."
They believe the attack was planned, as the men were wearing balaclavas and face masks.
A friend who was with the group, Shah Ahmed, who has just turned 16, was also recovering at home this week on Whitechapel's Collingwood housing estate from a stab wound to the leg.
He had just finished his last exam at school the day before he was attacked.
The friends were playing football with seven others after school on June 10 when they went to buy drinks from a shop in Brady-street.
At least two cars pulled up outside Tyler House and up to 25 men got out and chased the youngsters, said witnesses.
Some of them were in balaclavas and one was spotted carrying a gun, according to one witness.
Shah believes the friends had been targeted by the gang by mistake.
"They were looking for somebody else," he said.
"We're not into knives. We just like football, just a group of boys having a bit of fun."
Police this week issued a tough warning about carrying knives on the streets of the East End.
Det Sgt Geoff Tachauer told the Advertiser: "There are no excuses for carrying a knife whatsoever. Anyone who does will be dealt with extremely seriously."
Police later arrested two 20-year-old men. One has been given police bail, the other was still in custody two days after the stabbing.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the June 10 in Brady-street, Whitechapel, to contact Det Sgt Tachauer on 020-7275 4542 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800-555111.
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