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Armed police carry out ‘hard stop’ in Queen’s Crescent after shooting in Kentish Town

Shoppers look on as men bundled out of car at gunpoint

06 October, 2017 — By William McLennan

ARMED police were filmed wrestling a group of young men out of a car last night (Thursday) in an evening of heightened tensions that began with a shooting in Kentish Town.

The New Journal has been provided with footage of officers stopping the vehicle, believed to have involved the controversial tactic known as a “hard stop”, which took place in front of stunned shoppers in Queen’s Crescent.

Carloads of armed officers were patrolling the area after being called to reports that a gun had been let off in Carters Close, off Torriano Avenue, at around 7:30pm. No one is believed to have been injured in the shooting.

Officers from the Met’s gang crime unit, Trident, are investigating.

A driver and passengers were pulled out of a black saloon car at gunpoint in Queen’s Crescent and made to lie facedown on the pavement while their hands were cuffed behind their backs.

Officers screamed: “Get on the floor now. Keep your hands still. Do not move your hands.”

Increasing levels of violence across Camden have come to the attention of police and the council in recent weeks.

Last night’s shooting follows a wave of tit-for-tat attacks, believed to have involved drug gangs, on the Bourne Estate, Holborn, on September 24. One teenager was stabbed in the leg and another hit in the head with a hammer.

Mohamed Aadam, 20, was stabbed to death in Hampstead Road on September 4. A 17-year-old has been charged with his murder and is awaiting trial.

A young man was hospitalised with head wounds after a shotgun attack in Agar Grove at the end of August.

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