Teen stabbed ‘in row over trainers’


[from Islington Gazette]

Teen stabbed ‘in row over trainers’

nlnews@archant.co.uk
20 June 2008

A TEENAGER was stabbed in the stomach after what is rumoured to have been a row over a pair of trainers.

The 19-year-old boy escaped with his life after the knife attack – which took place in broad daylight just off Gillespie Road, Finsbury Park.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 4pm last Thursday, cordoning off a large swathe of Gillespie Road at the entrances to Gillespie Park and the Stephen’s Ink Estate.

An air ambulance was also scrambled to take the boy to hospital. He had received a single stab wound which while not life-threatening was described by the ambulance service as “serious”.

Friends and relatives of the wounded boy, including a brother and a cousin, were at the cordon – but declined to speak to the Gazette.

One rumour in the area is that the teenager is associated with the QS Boys – a group centred on the Quill Street area of Finsbury Park – and that he had got into an argument with other members of the crew over a pair of trainers.

A teenager, who did not want to be identified, said: “There are a lot of people who won’t go out apart from to go to school. They are so scared of walking around the streets of Finsbury Park. Police need to open their eyes and do something before it becomes like America.”

An Islington police spokeswoman said that the boy is thought to have been with friends in Quill Street when two youths got out of a new-style black Mini Cooper and chased him through Gillespie Park. The car, thought to contain two more youths, then drove to Gillespie Road.

One of the youths is thought to have stabbed the teenager, whose ring was also taken.

Meanwhile residents are calling on the police to take action on the problems associated with Quill Street.

Office worker Lorna Hynes, 57, who was visiting her son on the Stephen’s Ink Estate, said: “I am shocked by what’s happened but not surprised. My son has a lot of problems with youngsters hanging around on their bikes but there is not really a lot for them to do.”

A 34-year-old woman of nearby Hurlock Street, Highbury, said: “It’s drugs and gangs in Quill Street. Police can do a lot more. They should sit down and speak with parents. I don’t go down there because I am too scared. It’s an underworld at night – and the underworld is coming into the day-time.”

She is planning to move out before her three-year-old son grows up.

A third resident, of Gillespie Street, simply added: “Quill Street is notorious.”

Islington CID is investigating the stabbing. The suspects are described as black youths in their late teens or early 20s. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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