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Police hunt after teenager is stabbed in street gang attack

PUBLISHED: 13:32 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

A TEENAGER is recovering this week after being stabbed in a street fight in London’s East End. The 19-year-old has been treated at the Royal London Hospital after being attacked by a gang said to be terrorising a housing estate at Old Ford. But police won't confirm any link with the notorious Bloodshedders’ gang

Victoria Huntley

A TEENAGER is recovering this week after being stabbed in a street fight in London’s East End.

The 19-year-old has been treated at the Royal London Hospital for serious injuries after being attacked by a gang said to be terrorising a housing estate at Old Ford.

Police refuse to confirm whether he was stabbed, saying he had puncture wounds from “a weapon other than a knife.”

They also won’t link the November 18 incident in Hawthorn Road to notorious the Bloodshedders’ gang.

But an anonymous caller to the East London Advertiser claimed the victim, known as Loogar, was a gang member.

Loogar was said to have been targeted by a rival gang after a clash in a bar at Bow Wharf in Grove Road the previous weekend.

“They’re called the Bloodshedders and that’s what they do—they shed blood,” the caller told the paper.

“They have kids younger than 13 doing their dirty work for them and they can’t help but get involved.

“Everyone around is terrified of them. Something needs to be done—but nothing ever seems to happen.”

The Bloodshedders has around 40 members aged 15 to 30, he added, who make life a misery for families in the area.

A 21-year-old from Poplar was arrested three days after the attack and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police, meanwhile, appeal for witnesses or anyone with information about the fight in Hawthorn Avenue at 11pm on November 18 to call them on 020-7275 4538, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.


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