Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pollards Hill stabbing fatality statement

This morning, I received the shocking and tragic news that a stabbing incident had taken place in Pollards Hill, and that a 28 year old male had died from his wounds. As you can imagine, it was extremely distressing and harrowing to hear this news, especially as Pollards Hill is normally a safe area with relatively low levels of crime. In my time as a councillor, we've had no fatalities in the ward as a result of knife crime, and to hear about a fatal stabbing incident was a bolt from the blue. My deepest condolences and sympathies goes to all his family at this difficult time, and may he rest in peace.

Given the seriousness of the issue, Siobhain McDonagh MP and the local councillors for Pollards Hill will be organising a meeting in Pollards Hill at 7pm at the Community Centre, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham on Tuesday night(25 October). The meeting is to give re-assurance to the local community, many of whom are inevitably concerned at what has happened and to update them further. Tomorrow night (Monday 24), a number of people will be meeting outside the community centre at 5pm to talk to local residents about the incident and to let them know what is happening. A leaflet will also be distributed locally to residents in Pollards Hill. If you can help deliver leaflets, or talk to local residents please drop me an e-mail on or call 020 8542 4835 or 07941514589.

The incident took place around 11.40 pm last night and if they're any witnesses or anyone with any information should call the Incident Room on 020 8721 4906 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Further information about the identity of the victim will be released shortly but today has been a difficult today for both myself and the community of Pollards Hill. I am proud to have represented this area for the past nine years on Merton Council, it's a diverse community with many fantastic people in the area. This incident is no-way reflective of everyday life, it is a tragedy, but I have no doubt that the community locally will come together after this terrible incident.