A hard working teenager is riding home from work and is attacked by two strangers on bikes.
This incident is a month before a man was murdered in a park nearby for seemingly no reason.
This is what happened to a viewer who has contacted Scarcity to share his story in hope of raising awareness of a growing problem in the local area.
To understand the context we must go back to the recent Peckham Rye murder.
It has been 2 weeks since Kalabe Legesse (29) was stabbed to death while sitting on a bench in Peckham Rye common on 30.12.22 but I doubt you will have heard anything about this story.
Mr Legesse was stabbed to death as he was sitting “minding his own business” close to the park’s cafe off Strakers Road on Friday evening.
Officers said Tuesday they were hunting for two suspects riding pedal bikes who fled the scene towards Peckham Rye after the “brutal and senseless attack”.
A post-mortem found the cause of his death to be a haemorrhage and a stab wound to the heart.
His next-of-kin had been informed.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said:
“Kalabe’s family and friends have been left devastated by his death, which occurred after a brutal and senseless attack when he was simply sitting in the park, minding his own business.
“We have been working tirelessly to identify those responsible and are keen to hear from anyone who was in or around the park, particularly in the area near the café and playground, at about 20:00hrs.
“At this early stage in the investigation we believe we are looking for 2 suspects riding pedal bikes, who fled the scene towards Peckham Rye.”
Police have not said they believe there is a direct motive for the attack or that he was targeted.
No CCTV or press conferences have taken place and the media interest is non existent.
St Aidens incident
The coverage on the youtube channel of the Peckham Rye murder was watched by a viewer who noticed similarities in in his own story and contacted myself on social media.
The teenager who we will not name would go on to explain that he was travelling home from work on 29.11.22 and two teenagers on pedal bikes approached him with knives.
The attack took place in close proximity to where the murder would later happen.
He continued on his journey but they followed him and ambushed him on St Aidens road at 11:30pm.
He was then viciously attacked by the males who didn’t give any reason or ask him anything except “what is your snapchat?”
The story told to myself has not been reported in the media and only now has Scarcity obtained a police statement confirming the incident occurred.
Officers were called at 23:40hrs on Tuesday, 29 November to St Aidans Road, SE22.
A man in his late teens reported he had been approached by two men on bicycles who had stabbed him.
The man was taken to hospital in a serious condition with wounds to his back and arm, but he has since been discharged.
There have been no arrests – enquiries continue.
The victim has shared pictures of the injuries with Scarcity which show the seriousness of the attack.
He has consequently had to take time off work due to this and is still suffering nerve damage over a month later.
The young man was honest and open about the situation and has proved to be a credible source with all information checking out once researched.
In summary we now have two stabbings, one fatal in the space of one month around one park by 2 suspects on bikes.
Locals have also reported to Scarcity there was another stabbing by the cafe on Strakers walk recently (November) but this isn’t confirmed yet and official statements are pending.
The main point of this story is highlight unreported news that helps people understand a case better and why something has happened and maybe how we can stop certain trends.
It is important to understand because the evidence is pointing towards random unconnected attacks for motives the police are not used to investigating.
Detectives have certain protocols to follow and methods to investigate and when a case lacks motive this makes it incredibly hard to get suspects and solid evidence for a successful prosecution for families of victims.
If people are at risk of being attacked in a area because of mistaken identities it is important the public is aware of this risk.
If a suspect was attacking women in a park randomly there would be an appeal to warn potential victims during the investigation so as to prevent further attacks.
I understand the previous section has left you with alot of questions as to why this has happened.
In incidents of this nature logic can help make sense of these seemingly random cases.
Rumours have been circulating that there has been a recent “break up” of a gang based in West Dulwich and some of these conflicts may be spilling over into other areas and involving innocent people.
These are only rumours but evidence to support this theory is a case from New Years day 2023 only 2 days after the Peckham Rye murder at around 11.40pm, police received reports of a male being stabbed in the area of Seeley Drive, West Dulwich.
Officers attended, along with ambulance colleagues. An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering stab injuries. He remains in a critical condition. The man’s family have been informed.
A total of 12 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.
Nine have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Three men have since been charged with attempted murder after the teenager was seriously injured in the stabbing in West Dulwich.
Tashan Bailey-Brown, 22, of Meadowview Road, Bellingham, Denzel Ealmeida, 21, of Elam Close, Camberwell and Darren Sotemi, 24, of no fixed address, were charged yesterday.
They will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today.
The addresess for the suspects that have been charged shows they may have been on a “ride out” because they are not from Dulwich, a ride out is where a rival gang members go to the area they dislike and attack people they believe are involved in gang culture, but in some cases innocents get killed due to mistaken identities.
This example also shows 12 people being arrested which would also support the claim of gang.
The reality of why the youth stab each other is a conversation no-one likes to have but it is of great importance to make sure we don’t ignore obvious signs of an increase in violence in the hope it just goes away.
The Met police have faced obstacles tackling profiling gang violence due to recent criticism of how the Gang matrix list works and their bias towards labelling black males gang members.
In November 2022 The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced that the number of young Londoners on the Met’s Gang Violence Matrix has been halved to its lowest ever level since the database was set up a decade ago.
Following the latest annual review of the matrix by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the Met has taken the decision for all those deemed to be low risk – more than 1,200 people – to be removed from the Matrix database, which was created in the aftermath of the 2011 riots and is used by the Met to identify those at risk of committing, or being a victim of, gang-related violence in London.
New figures reveal that there are now 1,933 individuals on the Matrix – the lowest number since the database was set up in 2012. This represents a decrease of 49 per cent from August 2017, when the number of individuals on the Matrix peaked at 3,881.
Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has committed to a complete redesign of the Matrix, in consultation with MOPAC, academics and communities as part of his action to rebuild public confidence and trust in the Met.
The Mayor ordered a wide-ranging review of the database in 2017 following concerns in the Lammy review* around how many young Black men were on the Matrix compared with their likelihood of offending or their chances of being a victim.
Communities also had deep reservations about how the Matrix operates, including concerns that young Londoners listed could face sanctions relating to housing and other public services, and inconsistencies in how data on the gangs list was being used and shared.