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Clapham shooting: close to home

Posted in Adam, Broadcasting and Media by Adam Westbrook on February 14, 2007

A teenager’s been shot and killed in Clapham – the third victim of gang violence in South London in 10 days. This latest killing has happened yards from my flat earlier this afternoon.

It happened just before four o’clock this afternoon, and the story made it to air not long after 9. Several satellite trucks are parked around the back of my estate, Fenwick Place, in Clapham North.

The scene by the police corden Clapham North

Police have sealed off most of the estate, and as I write forensic tests are being carried out before the teenager’s body is removed from another flat.

Fenwick Place, Clapham, London

It’s brought London’s spiralling gun crime close to home. Just over a week ago a sixteen year old was killed at an ice rink down the road and a week ago today another teenager was shot in his bed in Peckham…where Damilola Taylor died 7 years ago.

Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has called an emergency meeting tomorrow. Gun crime in South London it seems has gotten out of control. But it’s not something that bothers many people…here’s the scene outside the Falcon Pub inches from the police corden. Plenty of people are happy to head out for a drink or two at a crime scene.

The Falcon pub, Fenwick Place, Clapham

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  1. peterswan said, on February 15, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Hello Ad. It’s funny, but when I heard about this story I did briefly think of you and then decided it was almost certainly some other part of Clapham. Did you take the photos yourself? I guess ‘regular’ people are quite relaxed about the whole thing because they assume gang violence is nothing to do with them.

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