Residents of Walthamstow said they heard ‘three loud bangs’ while one man claimed to have heard ‘six bans’ before sirens. Police confirmed a man was shot at the Overground station. A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10pm on Tuesday 31st July to St James St Station/High Street E17 to reports of a shooting. ‘Officers attended the location along with the London Ambulance Service to a 18-year-old male found at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds. ‘He has been taken to a London hospital for treatment, the extent of his injuries are currently unknown. ‘His next of kin have been informed. ‘
A police investigation has been launched led by Waltham Forest CID. ‘No arrests have been made at this stage.’ St James Street Station where a second man was shot in two weeks in Walthamstow London Overground announced there would be no service at the station because of the shooting The shooting comes just weeks after a man was shot in the leg at the same station. A 23-year-old man was rushed to hospital on July 13 after he was fired at. MP for the area Stella Creasy also confirmed the shooting to residents. The Labour MP is holding an emergency meeting on gang crime in the area tomorrow evening.
Dozens have been signed up to attend after the session was announced more than two weeks ago. Residents said they were fed up with the rising crime in the area being swept under the carpet – with some comparing the area to Compton in Los Angeles, an area famed for drugs and gang land shootings. One person said: ‘I’ve lived in Walthamstow for 4.5 years, 1.5 yrs down this end and regretting it! I lived in NYC for 3 years and never experienced anything like this. B/w the fights, stabbings and shootings in this area in the time I’ve been here, it’s ridiculous!’ Another mentioned the gentrification in the area, saying the spending and expensive flats are doing nothing to end crime. They said: ‘The fact is Walthamstow has long had issues of this nature. The difference now is that its swept under the carpet in favour of stories about being the borough of culture etc. Only so many artisan bread and coffee shops can cover it up for much longer. Sad times.’ According to Met Office figures, crime across the capital has surged by 6.4 percent in the year leading up to May 2018. If you have any information about this incident, call Waltham Forest police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
Cocaine was used by an estimated 875,000 people in 2017-18 according to the latest crime survey for England and Wales – the highest number in a decade and a 15% year-on-year rise. Cressida Dick, the UK’s most senior police chief, said: “There is this challenge that there are a whole group of middle-class – or whatever you want to call them – people who will sit round … happily think about global warming and fair trade, and environmental protection and all sorts of things, organic food, but think there is no harm in taking a bit of cocaine. Well, there is; there’s misery throughout the supply chain.” Her words echoed those of the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, last week. He criticised people who took cocaine at “middle-class parties” believing it to be a victimless crime.
In May, the justice secretary, David Gauke, said middle-class people who take cocaine “should feel a degree of guilt and responsibility” when they see stories of teenagers being murdered in Hackney, east London. Drugs and gangs have been behind the spate of “street homicides” in London that have mainly involved young people, Dick said. There have already been 87 homicides this year, compared with 117 in the whole of last year. National statistics published last month showed a surge in serious offences such as murder, manslaughter and stabbings, helping to fuel concerns about violent crime. However, Dick said the picture was stabilising. “What I can report is that in the last several weeks, we have seen the rates of many categories of violent crime, I would describe as beginning to stabilise,” she said. “I mean by that they are definitely not increasing, they are indeed flattening, and in some categories they are reducing.” Dick said there had been “continuous reductions” in scooter-enabled crime since last summer – although there was a rise which she described as a “blip” in June – and that knife crime involving under-25s was starting to fall. There had only been one “street homicide” in July, Dick said: 18-year-old Latwaan Griffiths died of stab wounds after being dropped off at hospital in Camberwell, south London, by a moped rider. Dick made violent crime her priority when she became commissioner. Since she set up the violent crime task force in April, it has made more than 500 arrests and taken more than 200 knives and offensive weapons, and13 firearms, off the streets. She said the Met had conducted more than 10,000 weapon sweeps since April, yielding 1,200 knives, 140 firearms and 450 other offensive weapons. She said 74 people had been charged and 123 arrested in relation to the 87 homicides this year. Dick defended stop and search, which is controversial for its disproportionate use against black people, saying it had led to more than 200 of the arrests made by the task force.