A young man who was the victim of a street stabbing in a Cable Street chicken shop yesterday is in a critical condition in hospital.
Police were called to the Peri Peri Grill House, 375 Cable Street, E1 at 1756hrs on Friday in response to reports of a stabbing.
Tower Hamlets police officers and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and found a 22-year-old male suffering from multiple stab wounds.
The injured man was taken to the Royal London hospital where his condition is currently critical. His next-of-kin have been informed.
Residents say the victim was stabbed three times.
Desmond Ellerbeck, a local resident and community leader, said that since the chicken shop had opened in 2014 it has become a hot-spot for trouble.
“The conversation of the premises to a fast food venue was vigorously opposed by planning, local councillors, the local police and local schools. Many residents also fought the application.
‘A blight on local residents’ lives”
There have been multiple incidents since opening, including a fire and a car being driven through the shutters, said Des.
“It’s a magnet for Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and gangs of youths and we’ve seen a huge increase of drug taking, urinating in the lobbies of nearby flats and intimidation of residents by these youths since it opened.
Residents have had meetings with the police and local councillors who are aware of the problems coming from this shop, which we never had before.
All local estates in the Glamis area have seen a marked increase in chicken shop litter since it opened. It it a blight on local residents’ lives, and this stabbing is just the latest in the saga.”
A crime scene remained in place on Saturday morning. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.
Appeal for witnesses
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to call Tower Hamlets CID by dialling 101 quoting reference number CAD5861/1JUN, Tweet @MetCC or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.