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‘No motive’ in smash and stab

Police: 'At the moment it looks more opportunist rather than ‘we are deliberately out looking for someone and we are going to get this person’

01 March, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

AN attack on a teenager who was hit by a car before being stabbed on Hampstead Road is not being linked to gang crime within the borough, according to the detective leading the investigation.

The 18-year-old, who has not been named, spent several weeks in hospital with “life-changing” injuries, including a stab wound to his head, after the attack earlier this month.

No one has been arrested in connection with the attack so far and police are still trying to track the car and weapons used.

Detective Constable Ben Davis said there was currently no evidence to suggest the attack was gang-related and no motive had yet been established. It is not being linked to any other incidents.

He said: “The way the investigation is going, we are still try to identify suspects, but we do have a number of enquiries running at the moment.”

The victim, who is cooperating with police, was walking past Sainsbury’s in Hampstead Road when he was knocked down by the 4×4 vehicle on February 5 at about 1am.

The occupants then got out and stabbed him multiple times before fleeing.

DC Davis said nothing was taken from the victim and the car drove off towards Camden Town. The tactic of using a car to knock someone down and then attack them had similarities to that used in the Jaden Moodie case

. The 14-year-old was riding a moped in east London before being hit by a car and then stabbed to death in what police treated as a targeted attack in January.

Asked whether the tactic was becoming a trend, DC Davis said: “I can only go on my own personal experiences – I don’t think it’s a trend from what I’ve experienced but I couldn’t comment for the rest of the borough. In respect of this investigation, I think it was just more to do with the place where it happened, with Hampstead Road being a very busy road. I just think the suspects are driving along up there and for whatever reason they’ve seen the victim and targeted him and then, as he’s making off, they’ve decided to go at him with the car.”

He added: “I don’t think it was a pre-emptive plot where they were going to hit him with a car. That may change, but at the moment it looks more opportunist rather than ‘we are deliberately out looking for someone and we are going to get this person’.”

Some CCTV has been recovered, with more enquiries under way, but DC Davis appealed again for witnesses to come forward.

“We are still looking for witnesses – you can never have too many,” he said. “I think the problem is as with anything in [these circumstances], you may have a lot of local people who have seen it but are too concerned about coming forward, which is why we always give the option of Crimestoppers. Any kind of information, whether it be minor or even if they don’t think it’s that great, is good for us because it could be part of the bigger picture.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 referencing CAD 277/5 Feb or contact Crime­stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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