Man stabbed at bus stop by teen gang


[from Islington Gazette]

Man stabbed at bus stop by teen gang

nlnews@archant.co.uk
14 March 2008
The scene of the stabbing in Seven Sisters Road
The scene of the stabbing in Seven Sisters Road

A MAN who was attacked in broad daylight by a group of teenagers staggered nearly two miles to a friend’s house before realising he had been stabbed.

The victim was assaulted on Friday afternoon by up to seven youths as he stood at a bus stop in Seven Sister’s Road, opposite Finsbury Park, and left with severe bruising and a black eye. But instead of calling an ambulance he made his way to a pal’s flat in Stacey Street, Holloway – where his friend realised he had been stabbed in the back.

The man, thought to be black and middle aged, was then rushed to hospital by a helicopter which landed at the nearby Sobell Leisure Centre, where doctors found he had suffered a collapsed lung.

Peter Yapp, 50, a student, was the man whose flat the victim staggered to.

Mr Yapp said: “When he arrived at my door I said ‘oh my God what happened’? He was in shock for the first couple of minutes and did not even know he had been stabbed. I got an ice pack and as I handed it to him I saw blood on his back.”

Mr Yapp continued: “When I lifted his shirt up I saw the stab wound. It was half an inch wide and you could see the flesh inside, it was gaping open and very ugly. It wound was horizontal so it went right through his ribs. He was very quiet and having trouble breathing because one of his lungs had collapsed. I would say he is lucky to be alive. My room has now been sealed off as a possible crime scene.”

Police taped off the flat and also the stab scene in Seven Sisters Road for forensic examination. Maxi Rossi, 26, a club promoter who lives right by the stabbing scene, said: “There are always dodgy people hanging out at the bus stop because a lot of the hotels here are used as halfway houses, so I am not surprised something like this has happened.

Police said the victim had suffered stab wounds to the stomach, side and back, and was being treated at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.

[from Islington Gazette]

Traumatic trek for stabbed bus stop man

nlnews@archant.co.uk
19 March 2008
Peter Yapp outside the flat in Stacey Street his friend staggered to after being attacked in Seven Sisters Road
Peter Yapp outside the flat in Stacey Street his friend staggered to after being attacked in Seven Sisters Road

A MAN who was attacked in broad daylight by a group of thugs staggered nearly two miles to a friend’s house before realising he had been stabbed.

The victim, 33, was assaulted by up to seven youths as he stood at a bus stop in Seven Sisters Road, opposite Finsbury Park, and left with severe bruising and a black eye. But instead of calling an ambulance he made his way to a pal’s flat in Stacey Street, Holloway – where his friend realised he had been stabbed in the back.

He was then rushed to hospital by a helicopter which landed at the nearby Sobell Leisure Centre, where doctors found he had suffered a collapsed lung.

Peter Yapp, 50, a student, was the man whose flat the victim staggered to.

Mr Yapp said: “When he arrived at my door I said ‘Oh my God what happened?’ He was in shock for the first couple of minutes and did not even know he had been stabbed. I got an ice pack and as I handed it to him I saw blood on his back.”

Mr Yapp continued: “When I lifted his shirt up I saw the stab wound. It was half an inch wide and you could see the flesh inside, it was gaping open and very ugly. The wound was horizontal so it went right through his ribs. He was very quiet and having trouble breathing because one of his lungs had collapsed. I would say he is lucky to be alive. My room has now been sealed off as a possible crime scene.”

Police taped off the flat and also the stab scene in Seven Sister’s Road for forensic examination. Maxi Rossi, 26, a club promoter who lives right by the stabbing scene, said: “There are always dodgy people hanging out at the bus stop because a lot of the hotels here are used as halfway houses, so I am not surprised something like this has happened.”

A police spokeswoman said: “He was at the bus stop when he was approached by some youths who started to ask for money. Then they stabbed him and ran off.”

All of the gang were black. The ringleader was about 5ft 7ins tall with stubble. He had a light complexion and wore a black baseball cap with a motif, a black top and grey trousers. The victim has been discharged from hospital. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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