Police in hunt for club stab suspect


[from Islington Tribune]

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Islington Tribune – by ROISIN GADELRAB
Published: 29 August 2008

The CCTV image released by police

Police in hunt for club stab suspect

DETECTIVES have released images of a man wanted in connection with a near-fatal stabbing inside a Finsbury nightclub earlier this month.
The picture shows the main suspect standing outside Orleans nightclub on Seven Sisters Road in a white hat, moments after the attack in which a reveller was stabbed four times.
The suspect is described as slim, aged about 18 to 20, about 5ft 9in tall and with hair in cornrows or dreadlocks.
Orleans’ 24-hour licence came under scrutiny from the Town Hall’s licensing panel less than a week before the incident after police complained about the high number of occasions on which they have been called to the venue.
At the time, owner Anthony Raphael was told he could no longer stay open indefinitely and councillors agreed to curb his opening hours to 3.30am.
Mr Raphael told the Tribune he planned to appeal against the decision.
Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses to the stabbing, which took place at 2.30am on Sunday, August 3.
The victim, who is from Harringay, was with friends, when they became involved in an argument with another group of men.
As the victim stepped in to protect one of his friends, one of the group stabbed him four times.
He was seriously injured and spent the next week recovering at University College Hospital. He is now making a good recovery at home.
Detective Constable Lee Spicer, from Islington CID, said: “This was a near fatal attack in which the victim was stabbed four times – once in the upper leg and three times in the back.
“Anyone who recognises the suspect in the CCTV should contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information should call Islington CID on 020 7421 0350 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

[from Hackney Gazette]

STABBING SUSPECT

hg.editorial@archant.co.uk
09 September 2008
CCTV image taken outside the club
CCTV image taken outside the club

This is the main suspect wanted in connection with a near-fatal stabbing at a troubled Finsbury Park nightspot.

The CCTV shows the man in a white hat standing outside Orleans nightclub in Seven Sisters Road.

Moments earlier, a reveller was stabbed four times in the back during a frenzied attack.

Detectives are appealing for information on the incident, which happened at 2.30am on Sunday, August 3.

The victim went to the aid of one of his friends after a fight broke with another group of men.

As he stepped in, the 19-year-old from Haringey was knifed three times in the back and once in the leg.

He spent seven days in a serious condition at University College Hospital in central London.

Police said the victim is now making a good recovery at home and there is no lasting damage

Det Cons Lee Spicer, from Islington CID, said: “This was a near fatal attack in which the victim was stabbed four times.

“If one of the stab wounds had been just a few millimetres lower this man could have died.

“Anyone who recognises the suspect in the CCTV should contact us immediately.”

The troubled nightspot in Seven Sisters Road was forced to cut its opening hours in July.

A damning dossier revealed police had been called to the club 58 times in just 18 months.

Officers said it was “only a matter of time” before somebody was seriously injured or killed.

The club, which had a 24-hour round-the-clock licence is now forced to close at 3.30am at weekends.

The suspect is described as slim, aged about 18 to 20, about 5ft 9in tall and with hair in cornrows or dreadlocks.

Anyone with information is asked to call Islington CID on 020 7421 0350 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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