And another shooting….

Well I’ve been meaning to write for a while, and have been thinking about this blog a lot, but somehow looming life changes, of which I am too superstitious to publicly declare, have got in the way. I was going to write a post about the new farmers’ market that has opened up in the London Fields school just next to Broadway Market, and how friendly the stallholders were – perhaps not yet realising how mercilessly they can fleece the punters of London food markets, they were selling beautiful food at fair prices, bless their guts (a saying I picked up from a midwife on the brilliant Channel Four documentary One Born Every Minute)

And then today, as I was looking out the window, I saw hovering about London Fields the Virgin Sky Ambulance, which I know from another hospital documentary. We wandered down to have a look and found a festival in full swing, complete with organic food stalls, cookery demonstrations and a children’s playground, and then, on the other side of LF, the ambulance in a cordoned-off area, and the field closest to Broadway Market completely sealed off, abandoned barbecues still smouldering, cops everywhere, and someone telling us that there had been a shooting – this time of a young white man, who had been having a picnic with friends on the most beautiful afternoon of this year and was now fighting for his life.

Whether this confrontation was a result of the recent killing of Agnes Sina-Inakoju in Hoxton Street I could not say, but it is apparent that gang tensions in the area are heightened right now.

Which is why I was shocked and disappointed at what the Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, had to say this afternoon to the BBC: “Despite this very worrying incident, hundreds of people were able to enjoy the event in London Fields safely and without interruption.”

It’s not really good enough, Jules Pipe. What is being done about gang crime in Hackney? Apart from building even bigger estates, crammed with more people, which will increase tensions even further? Sit in your 50-million-pound new building and answer that.

I’m not an expert, and I certainly don’t have the all the answers, but this blithe dismissal of a serious situation by someone who does have the power to do something about it is just depressing, in my opinion.

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6 responses to “And another shooting….

  1. erica

    we were sat right near this today when it happened – shocked. everyone was moved from the scene by the swarm of cops who asked only for witnesses to stay. The gentrification of the broadway market and London Fields area of the past 3 years makes it easy to forget what terrible things have been happening in this area for such a long time. I agree – what is being done to prevent such a dangerous things to occur in the middle of a sunny saturday – kids everywhere… innocent bystanders getting caught in this. Not your usual saturday bbq in the park. We may have moved to another part of the park and stayed on… but our afternoon certainly WAS interrupted. It’s just not OK.

  2. Bart Marett

    I agree completely, very bad move from the mayor of hackney, I was enjoying the festival right up to the moment when the shooting happened and witnesses the events and felt absolutley stomach churned by the events and the poor bystander who was drawn in to the shooting. I send out my respects to him and his shock ridden girlfriend who never could of imagined how their day would end today. I would have closed the festival out of respect for the guy shot and in sight of safety for the remaining public. The police did not even arrive for 20 mins after the shooting, a clear sign of lack of resources.

  3. do not

    Well p*** off as we could still enjoy our barbie and beers and hey that’s just bad luck.
    Five or eight years ago bdway mas much more peaceful because none of the pretentious had moved there yet. No surprise everyone gets a bit heated seeing that shit lot.

  4. Steve

    I could have almost written this myself – i saw the air ambulance from my bedroom window and as i had planned anyway was on LF less than an hour later. I was horrified when i heard what happened and very disappointed by the mayor’s comment.
    I’m new to Hackney but well aware of it’s rep, and I’ve just walked home across LF, but i love it here. It seems that there is a culture of brushing this kind of thing under the carpet but I feel it’s time for Ms Pipe to pipe up instead of dismissing what could yet be the murder of a guy who was just out enjoying a beautiful day.

  5. mac

    I saw the shooting and was disgusted by the mayor’s comments, as though focussing on it was somehow “unhelpful”. Next we will hear the incident being describes as “regrettable”! No doubt the fact that the perpetrators I saw were all black has something to do with it – no idea how to handle this sensitively so they punish the rest of us by pushing it under the carpet.

  6. ronald

    The article mentions the victim was white, but one has mentioned the two gangs were black. Gun gangs are nearly always black, but not admitting this, no one is going to gwet to the root of the problem. political correctness is becoming a danger to the public

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