A superintendent has spoken out about the significance and threat of knife crime after a spate of incidents in the area.
As reported in last month’s issue, Stanmore resident Saeed Ibrahim, 18, was arrested on suspicion of murder after Harrow teen Anis Omar Zen sadly lost his life on September 4.
Anis was yet another victim of knife crime, with four people losing their lives to attacks in Harrow since the beginning of July.
Neighbourhood Superintendent for Harrow Matt Cray has labelled this series of events as “tragic” and “unprecedented”. He released a statement on September 29 to address growing fears amongst the local community.
He said: “I appeal to you as people in the community, and particularly young people – who are disproportionally affected – to not carry knives or be involved in knife crime, be you a suspect or a victim.
“The legacy is long-lasting and often can be life-changing. If you’re a victim, sadly, of course, you may lose your life, and the ramifications for your family and friends are huge.
“Likewise, if you’re a suspect, you can often end up facing lengthy custodial sentences. And again, the impact on your loved ones is huge. I would urge anyone involved in knife crime or [who has] information about knife crime to let us know and contact us about those offences so that we can investigate them properly.”