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Councillor: No problem with gangs in Chafford
A COUNCILLOR does not believe there is a “gang culture” in Chafford Hundred following a stabbing on the estate two weeks ago.
A 19-year-old was stabbed while walking along Drake Road with his friend on Saturday March 9, by a group of five men aged between 15 and 20.
The Chafford Hundred community forum held a meeting last Tuesday which addressed a perceived problem of gang culture in the town.
Groups of youths are known to gather outside the station and Tesco Express, but Chafford Tory councillor Tunde Ojetola says that while there is clearly an issue, it is not a “gang” problem.
He said: “We are trying to shy away from the word “gangs”. There is a problem of sorts because over the years there have been various issues and they are becoming bigger.
“We’ve got youths who are maybe involved in anti-social behaviour some of who are not residents on the estates.
“The police and members are working together to make sure it’s not getting out of hand and we don’t want to be too heavy handed about this.
“I don’t know what to think it, but from what the victim said to me it seems to be an unprovoked attack."
On the stabbing, Cllr Ojetola said: “It was an unfortunate incident which we’re going to work as hard as possible to make sure it doesn’t repeat itself.”
West Thurrock neighbourhood policing inspector Leigh Norris said that if there are problems, he wants to hear about them.
He said: “I’ve put an operation together and a team and we’ll have a look and see what intelligence we’ve got and what crimes are being reported. If there is a problem with gangs, we’re not being made aware of it. People need to tell us what the problems are.”