Police sealed off Allen Road in Stoke Newington yesterday afternoon, after reports of gunshots being…
Shots rang out on Monday at about 7pm, in Evelyn Court located on Amhurst Road between Shackewell Lane and Downs Park Road.
Police say they arrived at the scene and found one man suffering from gunshot wounds, and another in a vehicle also with gun shot wounds. Both were taken to a nearby hospital, where they are said to be in stable condition.
Four men have since been arrested and remain in police custody. Trident unit are continuing investigations.
The New Years shooting came just one day after after the head of the Trident Gang Crime Unit, Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon, released a New Years message to gang members. In it he urged gang members to reflect on their life style:
“Christmas is often a time for reflection on the past year’s achievements and a look forward to the year ahead. This year we are asking gang members to use this time to reflect on how their criminal activities negatively affect their families, their loved ones and their own futures.
“There are many reasons why people may join a gang. Our experience and research shows that gang members think they will get status, protection, sense of identity and financial gain – they are wrong. The reality is that a gang member is more likely to be injured or imprisoned. Having a criminal record, only makes it harder to get a job or into further education.
“This year we have seen some fantastic results in terms of enforcement and we will continue to target and convict those who choose to carry weapons and cause harm in London’s communities.
“I have one important message for gang members – If you are willing to change your ways – then make a New Year’s resolution this year – leave your gang-related criminal lifestyle behind and direct your energies into something more positive. We work closely with boroughs and partner agencies and we will help you leave a gang.”
The Trident Gang Crime Command was launched in February 2012 and now leads the Metropolitan Police response to tackling gang-related crime and associated violence, with additional responsibility for the prevention and investigation of all shootings in London, regardless of the victim’s background.
Since April 2012, more than 2,000 known gang members have been arrested, many of them charged with serious offenses, and over 340 firearms have been seized by the MPS as a whole this year alone. Between January and December 2012 Trident led investigations have seen offenders sentenced to a total of 1,334 years, including 16 life sentences.