Newham police chief speaks out after six injured in spate of stabbings and shootings

Newham Borough Commander Ade Adelekan

Newham Borough Commander Ade Adelekan - Credit: Archant

Newham’s borough commander has spoken out following four stabbings and two shootings in just four days.

Chief Supt Ade Adelekan has sought to allay residents’ fears and asked anyone with information on any of the incidents to come forward.

He said: “While it may seem that violence in the borough has suddenly increased, it should be understood that these are separate incidents that are not expected to form part of a continuing pattern.

“I am mindful that these events may be of concern to local communities and I am urging any members of the public who may be worried or feel anxious to speak to patrolling officers or contact their local policing team.

“As key partners I would ask you to assist our investigative process by remaining calm and joining us in reassuring local communities.

“The incidents are being thoroughly investigated by your local officers with the support of Trident detectives.

“While we are not in a position to confirm that the incidents are gang-related, this does remain a possible line of enquiry.”

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On Friday night, two people were stabbed in separate incidents, both suffering non life-threatening injuries.

A man in his 20s was found with stab wounds outside Maryland station at around 8.15pm, and three hours later, a 17-year-old boy was found in Barking Road, having also been stabbed.

A 28-year-old man suffered life-changing injuries after he was knifed in the stomach in The Grove, Stratford, in the early hours of Sunday.

That day, police were also called to reports of a stabbing in Aldersbrook Lane, Manor Park, at around 11.45pm.

The victim, a 41-year-old man, has since been discharged from hospital.

The two shootings both took place yesterday, the first in Freemasons Road, Canning Town at around 2am.

The 26-year-old was taken to hospital but his condition is not life-threatening.

At 10.20pm officers were also called to Woodman Street, North Woolwich, where a 25-year-old man had been shot.

He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Any witnesses who have not yet come forward or anyone with other information is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.