Supermarket worker stabbed and robbed at station


[from Hornsey and Crouch End Journal]

Supermarket worker stabbed and robbed at station
23 July 2008

A SUPERMARKET worker was stabbed in the back, beaten and robbed at Harringay railway station as he returned home from celebrating his birthday at the weekend.

Jimmy, 45, who asked for his surname not to be published, was attacked by a gang of youths just after midnight on Sunday.

He said: “We were just going to get the last train, my friend and I, from Harringay station. It’s a very secluded and very badly lit place.

“As we got down to the first flight of stairs, I noticed about 10 youths at the bottom and one standing up at the entrance.

“One came up and punched me in the face. I ran back upstairs to the exit and someone followed me and tripped me about five times.”

At some point during the attack Jimmy was stabbed in the back – just half an inch from his spine, he revealed.

But he did not realise until he got back to friend Alex Tarran’s flat in Umfreville Road, where they had earlier celebrated his birthday.

He said: “I felt some coldness on my back and said to one of the girls, ‘Can you just check my back because it doesn’t feel right’, and that was when she said I had been stabbed.”

Jimmy was taken to North Middlesex Hospital where he needed four stitches in his back.

His attackers – youths in their late teens and early 20s, he estimated – also stole his camera, with snaps from a family holiday in Cyprus, and some £200 in birthday cash.

“You hear all these things that happen but you never think it will happen to you,” said Jimmy, a Tesco worker, who lives in Winchmore Hill.

He is critical of security at the station. “I would never go to that station ever again,” he said.

Friend, Alex, 36, a consultant, said: “Jimmy is such a nice person and the kind of person, who wouldn’t hurt a fly. The stations on the Hertford North line are not manned from about 3pm.”

He added: “CCTV is fine but it’s only going to help after something has happened, so it’s not safe at all.”

Councillor Nilgun Canver, Haringey Council cabinet member for safer communities and enforcement, told the Journal she has asked officers to talk to train company First Capital Connect and Network Rail, which owns the line, about what can be done to improve security.

She said: “I’m sorry about what happened. It’s really devastating to have something like that happen, especially when someone is celebrating their birthday and is then subjected to this violent crime.”

British Transport Police are retrieving CCTV footage from inside and outside the station and the train, on which it is believed the attackers escaped.

Detective Inspector Nick Brook, who is leading the investigation, said: “It was pretty nasty and something we take very seriously, obviously, in the current climate of knife crime.

“We’re not saying it was a knife that caused the wound; we’re not sure what the weapon was.” He urged people to be watchful when travelling late at night.

Anyone with information about the incident should all British Transport Police on free phone 0800 405040 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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