Queens Road where teen was stabbed in Croydon is like a 'war zone'

This Is Local London: The scene of the stabbing at Queens Road/ Pawsons Road. The scene of the stabbing at Queens Road/ Pawsons Road.

The road where a teenager was stabbed this morning has been labelled a ‘war zone’ by a witness who saw the gangs clash.

An 18-year-old was found in Queen’s Road with stab wounds, at the junction with Pawsons Road, at about 1.45am this morning.

He was taken to hospital and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

One witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said at least 20 people were involved in the fight, which is believed to be gang related.

They added there were lots of cars and weapons including metal poles and rocks were used to throw at each other and smash cars.

The witness said one car was badly smashed in and others were damaged.

They said: “There were two groups. I don’t know if it was a turf thing but it was a group who had a major problem with another group.

“There is definitely a lot of problems in this area, it is a high crime area. Regularly people are arrested for carrying weapons and there is often a police helicopter about.”

The witness added: “I will certainly be moving out the area as soon as possible, it is become too much.

“This particular area is bad. I have had numerous friends who have been attacked. It is just too much.

“I did not want to get too close but I saw someone who was badly injured and I saw the knife on the floor along with a lot of the other weapons.

“Quite frankly this place is a war zone now. You might go a couple of weeks where nothing happens but usually there is something going on.” Another resident said: “They arrived in cars and it all kind of spilled out from there. There were objects thrown as well but then they dispersed.

“I have been told it was gang related which is quite worrying really. You don’t want that happening.”

Three men, who are aged in their late teens to early 20s, were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

They all remain in custody at a south London police station.

 

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10:32am Tue 21 Jan 14

Luis Pizarro says...

Croydon and this area used to be a nice pleasant area one time, foreign gang warfare now thanks to the politicians who dont have to walk along these crime ridden streets
Croydon and this area used to be a nice pleasant area one time, foreign gang warfare now thanks to the politicians who dont have to walk along these crime ridden streets Luis Pizarro
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11:09am Tue 21 Jan 14

Pawel_Si says...

Our politicians are responsible for this gang culture. Prohibition of drugs creates huge black market and gives insane profit margins, so there is a lot to fight for. You don't see off licence owners clashing in the streets, because drugs like alcohol are legal.
Our politicians are responsible for this gang culture. Prohibition of drugs creates huge black market and gives insane profit margins, so there is a lot to fight for. You don't see off licence owners clashing in the streets, because drugs like alcohol are legal. Pawel_Si
  • Score: -6

1:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Croydon does love a gang! - but i suppose gangs are cool these days.

Nothing cool about studying hard at school, nothing cool about working - we can import people to work!

More unemployment and less prospects in Hull, Middlesborough, liverpool etc. But no Knife gangs. Is this just a London thing???
Croydon does love a gang! - but i suppose gangs are cool these days. Nothing cool about studying hard at school, nothing cool about working - we can import people to work! More unemployment and less prospects in Hull, Middlesborough, liverpool etc. But no Knife gangs. Is this just a London thing??? G_Whiz
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8:56pm Fri 24 Jan 14

motomoto says...

A few months ago I had to take my seven year old son to a party on this road, I had my doubts as I know the area quite well having grown up in thornton heath.
As soon as we knocked on the front door of the house the door opened and all that I could see and smell was poverty.
Music blaring (gangster rap rubbish)......house was filthy.......kitchen was a tip......and a one year old baby in a baby walker chewing on a chicken bone......the house was a two up two down style cottage and badly over crowded.........I was very reluctant to leave my son there....but not wanting to upset my son I had to take a chance......and by and large this is how and where all the problems start........when people who aren't on the housing ladder and who don't have steady jobs start having children and don't have a pot to p1ss in.......I felt sorry for the kid who's party it was and I thought to myself what's the betting that he will grow up with his head stuffed full of this "gangster rap rude boy rubbish" ?
A few months ago I had to take my seven year old son to a party on this road, I had my doubts as I know the area quite well having grown up in thornton heath. As soon as we knocked on the front door of the house the door opened and all that I could see and smell was poverty. Music blaring (gangster rap rubbish)......house was filthy.......kitchen was a tip......and a one year old baby in a baby walker chewing on a chicken bone......the house was a two up two down style cottage and badly over crowded.........I was very reluctant to leave my son there....but not wanting to upset my son I had to take a chance......and by and large this is how and where all the problems start........when people who aren't on the housing ladder and who don't have steady jobs start having children and don't have a pot to p1ss in.......I felt sorry for the kid who's party it was and I thought to myself what's the betting that he will grow up with his head stuffed full of this "gangster rap rude boy rubbish" ? motomoto
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9:24am Mon 27 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

Pawel_Si wrote:
Our politicians are responsible for this gang culture. Prohibition of drugs creates huge black market and gives insane profit margins, so there is a lot to fight for. You don't see off licence owners clashing in the streets, because drugs like alcohol are legal.
Profits are only insane because they do not pay tax and NI and VAT or pay for their Electric
[quote][p][bold]Pawel_Si[/bold] wrote: Our politicians are responsible for this gang culture. Prohibition of drugs creates huge black market and gives insane profit margins, so there is a lot to fight for. You don't see off licence owners clashing in the streets, because drugs like alcohol are legal.[/p][/quote]Profits are only insane because they do not pay tax and NI and VAT or pay for their Electric Dr Martin
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